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Time changes: Almost three million people take sleeping pills


Because of the time change: Around three million Germans swallow sleeping pills
Next weekend it will be time again: the time change is coming. Many people find it difficult to cope with it and therefore swallow sleeping pills, as a recent survey shows. Health experts advise against prematurely resorting to medication for sleep disorders.

Changing the time is a health burden
Every six months it happens again: the time change is just around the corner. In the night from Saturday to Sunday, the clocks are switched to summer time. That means one hour less sleep. The time change affects health. Many people experience symptoms such as sleep disorders, headaches, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, irritability, dizziness and tiredness during the settling-in phase. Some take medication to cope better with the transition. But that can be dangerous.

More than one in four have health problems due to the change in time
According to a recent Forsa survey on behalf of DAK-Gesundheit, many people in Germany swallow medication to cope better with the time change.

As reported by the health insurance company on their, four percent of the 1,004 respondents nationwide aged 14 and over stated that they had already taken sleeping pills.

The survey also showed that more than one in four (27 percent) already had health problems due to the time change.

Many consider the time change to be superfluous
According to the survey, the change in time causes most people to feel weak and tired. 77 percent have already experienced this.

Almost two thirds (64 percent) suffer from difficulty falling asleep or sleeping, especially women (71 percent). Every third respondent is less able to concentrate and 29 percent are more irritable than usual.

Men seem to have a problem with punctuality because of the time change: According to this, 27 percent say that they were therefore not in time for work in the morning (women: eight percent). One in ten names depressive moods as a result of the new era.

74 percent of the respondents consider the time change to be superfluous. Above all, 45- to 59-year-olds stated this (85 percent). For comparison: among the under 30-year-olds, only 56 percent advocate abolition.

Take sleeping pills only after consulting a doctor
Four percent of those surveyed (women: five percent, men: two percent) have used sleeping pills to cope better with the time change. That is around three million people in Germany.

"Sleeping aids should only be taken after consulting a doctor," warns DAK doctor Elisabeth Thomas. "You can develop an addiction potential after just a few incomes."

Natural methods for a better sleep
According to the doctor, a good alternative for a healthy sleep is to go to bed earlier a few days before the changeover. So the body can slowly get used to the new rhythm.

A light dinner, relaxing baths, walks and less TV and computers before bed also help you sleep better.

Other tips to avoid sleep disorders: Avoid late meals, coffee, nicotine, alcohol and intensive sports in the evening.

Various home remedies for sleep disorders are also useful. A calming tea made from passion flower or chamomile, for example, has proven its worth to relieve tension.

Relaxation techniques such as autogenic training or progressive muscle relaxation can also be effective. (ad)

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