Residents of Latvia suffer from chronic sleep deprivation. How to sleep – doctor’s advice


Every fourth inhabitant of Latvia sleeps no more than 6 hours a day. Does sleep disappear from our lives?

More than half (54%) of Latvian residents are partially dissatisfied with the balance between work, life and sleep, and 11% are completely dissatisfied. For a third, sleep is a necessity, and a quarter of respondents admitted that they sleep only 6 hours a day or even less, according to a survey of a local shopping center.

We are used to spending time on work, social life, health and sleep, in accordance with needs and priorities. Physician and sleep expert Natalia Berzina says that balance appears when we divide the day into three parts: 8 hours for work, 8 hours for sleep and 8 hours for other activities.

It is important to remember that these parts are interconnected – one suffers, another suffers. For example, burnout, excessive or insufficient exercise, unhealthy eating habits and personal relationships can affect sleep quality, just as not enough or poor sleep can negatively affect our achievement and physical and emotional well-being.

According to the doctor Natalia Berzini, inadequate and poor sleep can have a big impact:

“If you often sleep less than 7 hours, it significantly increases your risk of illness. A person who regularly sleeps less than 7 hours a day has a weaker immune system, a person becomes more susceptible to pain, he can make mistakes more often and such people are more likely to get into car accidents. “

The survey showed that most of the time we sleep less than we want because of thoughts

  • about work (36%),
  • other problems (26%),
  • thoughts about home and family (22%),
  • trouble sleeping (23%) or
  • due to viewing social networks (18%).

A sleep expert advises:

“Going to sleep with thoughts of work, health problems, thoughts of raising children and other unpleasant thoughts gives the brain a signal to work on this information, and thus makes it difficult to fall asleep. A few hours before bedtime, you should sit down in the so-called “fear chair” and speak or write down everything that worries you. If these thoughts interfere with sleep at night, then you should start a “fear diary” and keep it on the nightstand, writing down your fears and thoughts if necessary. “

The expert noted that various applications for relaxation, breathing exercises or meditation, books or other solutions can be used to reduce stress, aromatherapy can also help. In case all this does not help, and you are still awake, you should seek the help of professionals, for example, a cognitive-behavioral therapist who works with insomnia and anxiety.


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