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How I overcome my chronic insomnia with scienceEverything about our day impacts our sleep. How many minutes we spend outside, what and when we eat, what ’s happening with our hormones, our habits, emotions, stress and thoughts – all this feeds into the sleep we end up with at night. All of which I was completely oblivious to when battling chronic insomnia for years on end.Sleep anxiety can create a very real and vicious circle. I would spend hours lying in bed, increasingly wired, anxious and exhausted as time ticked by, with prescription sleeping pills within reach for those 3am nights when I had to be up first thing. The problem is that the more we worry about sleep, the higher our stress hormones go – and too much of the stress hormone cortisol, whatever the trigger, disturbs our sleep. We’re left in a state of fight or flight, when we need to be in the opposite state of rest and digest. When my insomnia was at its worst, I’d start my day exhausted, running on empty, and have recurring bu rn-out days, where an overwhelming fatigue would stop me in my tracks, forcing me to lie down and recharge.Continue reading...
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ConclusionsWhile there are no significant differences between depressed patients and controls, there are parameters which influence driving behaviour and attitude similarly for both groups (especially fatigue and sex) and specific parameters only for depressed patients (anxiety, insomnia symptoms and BMI).Key messagesDriving behaviour and attitude of depressed patients and healthy controls are influenced by specific parameters.Depression per se and its consequences, such as sleep disorders and anxiety, affect driving performance and attitude.
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Toward the end of last year, Anthony Klotz, a professor of business administration at Texas A&M University who studies workplace resignations, realized that a lot of people were about to quit their jobs. A record 42.1 million Americans quit a job in 2019, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, but that rate dropped off during the pandemic-addled year of 2020. As 2021 approached, bringing with it the promise of effective vaccines and a return to semi-normal life, Klotz guessed that two things would happen. First, many of the people who wanted to quit in 2020 but held off due to fear or uncertainty would finally ...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news
This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of various mental health issues in a Swiss elite athletes’ cohort during the first lockdown of the pandemic, and to assess their association with different potential risk factors. Elite athletes from different disciplines were interviewed during the first lockdown in spring 2020 by means of an online questionnaire on symptoms of existing anxieties, depression and sleep disorders, as well as on training circumstances and physical performance before and during the lockdown. Additionally, the economic situation, secondary occupations and current physical health problems were s...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The detailed epidemiology of belching in the general adult population was clarified.PMID:34642278 | DOI:10.5056/jnm20225
Source: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Source Type: research
This study provided evidence of “the important role of anger in the psychological process underlying moral courage,” the team wrote. Of course, a person’s individual moral framework is crucial here, though. If the sight of women venturing outdoors alone or going to work, say, deeply offends you, then your resulting outrage will likely propel you to action, too. Expressing anger can also make you seem more authentic and sincere. At least, this was suggested by a 2021 study of Kickstarter pitch videos. Entrepreneurs are often encouraged to be only positive about their ventures, commented the researchers....
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CONCLUSION: Insomnia is an under-reported problem for both patients and doctors. When patients decide to consult for insomnia problems, they first go to the GP, and the vast majority take medications for their sleep problem. Those who consult most are people with more severe insomnia and those who are more worried.PMID:34633282 | PMC:PMC8510604 | DOI:10.1080/13814788.2021.1960308
Source: European Journal of General Practice - Category: Primary Care Authors: Source Type: research
ANXIETY is a common cause of sleeping problems and insomnia, but luckily there are plenty of things you can do to calm down and relax at bedtime to get some shuteye.
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