Dreams & worries: this is how Austria sleeps (badly).

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The country’s big sleep report: Men fall asleep faster than women. However, almost every second person wakes up at least once a night. Worries, stress and psychological problems are increasing.

Didn’t sleep a wink or slept like a log last night? You often hear these sentences. In general, our night’s sleep is better than expected. This is the result of the current IMAS report.

7.2 hours of sleep during the week
According to this, the dream world of Austrians consists of 7.2 hours of sleep during the week. This represents an increase of six minutes compared to the 2017 study. 14 percent even rest between 8.5 and 10 hours. Our general bedtime is between 10:00 PM and 11:00 PM.

Stress as a “top sleep robber”
Everyone spends more time in bed at the weekend, where we average 8.2 hours. The majority of Austrians sleep very well at night, the younger the better. The interesting thing about the research is that neither gender nor education has an influence on our rest times. However, compared to the last survey before Corona, worries, stress and psychological problems have increased. Nearly one in three people say this is their ‘top sleeper’.

And how much rest time in bed do we need? Most people think 7.9 hours is optimal. There is therefore a discrepancy between the actual and desired sleep duration. By the way, it takes 17 minutes before we really forget everything around us. ‘Counting sheep’ happens faster in men than in women. Interestingly, almost every second person wakes up at least once a night, and 18 percent wake up multiple times.

Danger factor fatigue
“The consequences of a lack of sleep include daytime fatigue, loss of energy and motivation and difficulty concentrating. Another risk factor – especially at the wheel or on machines – is reduced reaction time,” warns Primarius Dr. Bruno PramSoler, expert in this special medical field and scientific head of sleep medicine at the “BLEI BERG” retreat.

The top doctor considers stress to be one of the triggers for nighttime restlessness: “If you are under pressure during the day and cannot find the balance, you take your worries to bed and that leads to considerable restlessness between the blanket and the pillow.”

Reassuring ‘diagnosis’ from the ‘slumber’ doc: ‘You don’t have to worry too much about sleep disorders that are only caused by short-term stressful situations or by a special event. It only becomes chronic if you do not get sufficient and, above all, restful sleep more than three times a week for more than a month!”

World Sleep Day on March 17 is celebrated by the renowned doctor – as well as the St. Pölten psychologist and extreme mountaineer Dr. Ronald Newerla – to call on those affected to seek medical attention if the conditions persist for a long time.

There is real power of sleep in nature
The Lower Austrian eight-thousander climber’s secret recipe for strength during his tours and outdoor activities: “Seek out the peace and quiet of nature and make sure you get enough exercise. Because if you come home from work and you’re mentally exhausted, but not at all physically exhausted, you’re less likely to fall asleep.”

Source: Krone

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