One in ten workers suffers from particularly severe sleep disorders, so-called insomnia. That’s 60 percent more than in 2010.

 

The DAK health report 2017 shows that a shockingly high number of 80% of the 18 to 65 year olds says they struggle with falling asleep or sleeping through the night. Especially insomnia, particularly severe sleep disturbances, concerns every tenth employee and can also entail declining concentration and reduced mental performance.

 

Source: DAK Healthreport 2017

“Sleep disorders can have long-term psychological and physical consequences like depression and confusion of breathing, heartbeat, hormones and other functions.”

 

Studies have shown that a growing number of people suffers from sleep disturbances, which can severely affect their health in terms of muscle tension, body temperature, metabolism and other functions. According to a study conducted by the University of Warwick and the University College London with 4600 men and women, especially for women the risk of a heart attack increases with a lack of sleep.

 

Source: Apotheken Umschau

Canadian Researcher from the McGill University found that by listening to music, your brain releases dopamine, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter.

Music that moves us emotionally activates the “feel-good hormone” dopamine at the emotional networks of the brain. They are mainly in the lower part of the forebrain, directly above the eye socket. The dopamine inhibits the anxiety centers in the almond kernels. These almond-shaped structures are located on the left and right inside of the brain. Among other things, they process emotions such as fear and anger. If they are inhibited, another part of the brain, the hypothalamus, emits less stress hormones. As a result, the blood pressure drops, and the heartbeat calms down.

Source: Canada Research Chair (McGill University), McGill Study Film 

Listening to music you enjoy decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, which counteracts the effects of chronic stress.

Stress is something we all experience at times. It can help us when we are in danger, preparing the body for facing every type of demand or danger by aiming all functions at survival. Long-term stress on the other hand, caused at work or during unusual stages of life, can lead to serious mental and physical diseases and should not be ignored or downplayed. This kind of Stress Level is constantly increasing these days and more than 80% of Employees suffer from it. For preventing and healing Stress it is important to take time for relaxation and breathing. SonicTonic developed a method, that reduces stress receptively, trough sound therapy in short sections. They help the body to calm instantly and prevent short-term stress from turning into long-term stress.

Source: DAK Gesundheitsbericht 2010, psyGA Praxisordner, Apotheken Umschau, www.muenchener-institut.de, www.raus-aus-dem-stress.com, powered by www.dkv.com, www.lavita.de, gesundheit-daten-fakten.de

Healing Soundscapes. The therapeutic use of sound and music in healthcare.

Start for the Healing Soundscape project with the Hamburg University of Music and Theater and the University Hospital Eppendorf. The project was declared winner 2016 by the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung at the Bucerius Law School, Hamburg on 8th December 2016. GROVES has been confirmed as associated partner for the private sector.

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