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Sleep doctor: stress and sleep problems – a closed circle to avoid

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUExcessive stress is becoming a very common problem for residents. Unfortunately, stress often comes with sleep problems, which inevitably worsens the quality of life for people. On top of that, people rarely complain, which makes treatment all the harder. Instead of addressing the core of the problem, residents use different alcoholic beverages as a short-term solution.

Psychiatrist and sleep doctor Ija Cimdiņa shares advice on how to act if people suffer from stress and sleep problems.

The closed circle of stress and sleep problems

Stress can cause deprivation of sleep. Healthy sleep is one of the primary pre-requisites for dealing with stress. Although stress is considered the body’s normal reaction to developments in the environment, problems begin surfacing when stress becomes excessive, the specialist explains.

«Excessive stress can result in all kinds of unpleasant changes and reactions within the body – sleep deprivation is one of the first signs that something is wrong. People who sleep well also deal with stress much more effectively. There are two important parameters when it comes to sleep – amount and quality. These two factors have to be balanced,» explains sleep doctor Cimdiņa.

Lasting stress only increases sleep problems

The specialist mentions: «The longer we live under conditions of excessive stress and the worse our sleep is, the more the problems associated with stress and lack of sleep affect our health. The first symptom is usually lack of attentiveness and concentration at work.»

At the same time, she notes that impeded concentration also increases other risks – from making mistakes at work to getting an injury when preparing a meal in the kitchen or getting injured while driving a car. Sleep deprivation also affects a person’s mood and organ functionality, including the immune system, hormone system and digestive system.

«Often it is said that healthy sleep helps preserve youth longer. It is true, and it is particularly important for people who want to gain or maintain a specific weight, because insufficient sleep causes the person to gain more calories,» says Cimdiņa.

Solution should be sought early

As noted by the doctor, if a person ends up in the loop – when stress causes deprivation of sleep and lack of sleep prevents prevention of stress – it is not worth waiting for things to settle on their own. The problem should be resolved as quickly and early as possible. It is important to reduce the source of stress by changing one’s attitude towards what happens around us. Unfortunately, change of mentality is a long and arduous process, which definitely requires sufficient amount of sleep. To change one’s lifestyle, it is necessary to start with improving sleep.

«Improving sleep is possible using calming tea or special pillows. Magnesium is invaluable for situations when a person is subjected to excessive stress. This element weakens the effect of stress hormone, normalizes blood pressure and helps the person to calm down. Sensitivity, difficulty with concentration and sleep problem are usually signs that point to lack of magnesium,» comments the specialist.

Magnesium and B-group vitamins help calm down the nervous system. This formula helps fall asleep easier, as well as improve the quality of sleep, Cimdiņa adds.

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