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Study: 50% of Baltic residents suffer from stress-induced sleep disorders

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAn average of 50% of Baltic residents suffer from stress-induced sleep disorders. This includes 43.8% in Latvia, according to a study performed by pharmaceutical company Sanofi-aventis and Rinkos tyrimų centras.

Experts from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia tell about ways to overcome this problem, as well as the role of stress and balanced diet.

As emphasized by Estonian expert and diet specialist Annely Soots, a person’s diet is closely tied to his or her stress and sleep problems. «We know that an empty or full belly, like excessive consumption of water or alcohol before bed, can cause known sleep problems. In stressful situations the human body produces more stress hormones than usual. A balanced diet can help influence this process and ensure normal function of the hormonal system.»

Irregular eating and low quality food increases stress levels and leads to sleep problems: «Often intense workload results in unbalanced diet, because people have no time to eat correctly. Bad eating habits cause the body to lose necessary nutrients,» says the expert.

It should be noted that a similar opinion is mentioned by an expert from Lithuania Daiva Pipiraitė: «Often people combating stress consume a lot of sugar and substances that stimulate the nervous system (caffeine and alcohol). This only worsens the situation and causes undue sense of alert for people. Excessive consumption of salt and ready-made products is also bad for the body. Varied diet containing vegetables, berries, fruits, grains and their products, nuts, seeds and oils provide the body with necessary minerals and vitamins, which helps reduce stress levels and improve sleep.»

It is important that magnesium deficit can potentially worsen stress and sleep problems. Psychiatrist Ija Cimdiņa says magnesium deficit reduces a person’s tolerance against stress. To provide the organism with the necessary daily dose, it is recommended to consume magnesium-containing supplements. It is also worth remembering that magnesium will absorb quicker if consumed along with B-group vitamins.

The study shows that the most common source of stress in Baltic States is excessive workload and relationships with colleagues – 57% of Latvian and Lithuanian respondents and 55% of Estonian respondents mentioned this. Many residents are also worried about their financial situation (40% in Latvia, 43% in Lithuania and 47% in Estonia). The same can be said about relationships with family and children.

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