Spending tens of millions of dong buying modern equipment but still can’t sleep well for 1 reason
Almost every month there is a lively discussion about insomnia, thousands of netizens share their insomnia experiences. When staying up late becomes the norm, how will each person’s habit of staying up late be different?
Chinese people spend a lot of money to get a good night’s sleep
Ding Yi used to be used to falling asleep in 5 minutes. Now, she didn’t feel sleepy at all, from night until dawn. Returning to Beijing (China) from Munich (Germany), Ding Yi felt his body was controlled by some force.
At first, Ding Yi only thought that the root of his insomnia was an upset due to the time difference. Then, her inexplicable fear aggravated her insomnia. In the dark of night, she repeatedly swiped her phone in the hope of quickly falling asleep.
Then Ding Yi found an article with the content: “Light emitted from electronic device screens will interfere with melatonin secretion and circadian rhythms, delay the time to fall asleep and affect sleep. New generation electronic devices often use blue light, emit short wavelengths that are sensitive to melatonin, significantly inhibit melatonin secretion and affect sleep quality.”
Ding Yi was disappointed for a moment, and threw the phone under the bed. She looked up at the ceiling and imagined that, if the chandelier shook, she would be hypnotized like in the TV series and movies. But sleep still did not come to Ding Yi.
In 2019, university students in Chongqing participated in a sleep-themed activity. Photo: The Paper.
Ding Yi continues to hold the phone and look for people in the same situation to feel that the long night is not so lonely. On the social network Douban, there are many groups of young people like Ding Yi active at night because of insomnia. They have different levels of sleep disorders, such as difficulty falling asleep, insomnia, poor sleep quality, and easy awakening.
The members work hard to learn theoretical knowledge to have a good night’s sleep. They use sleep aids, which are cheap, a few hundred thousand dong, expensive, up to millions or tens of millions of dong. There isn’t a member with insomnia who wouldn’t dare try.
A member shared that she used to take 2 sleeping pills. The person then feels light-headed and may fall asleep. But when she got up to go to the bathroom, she couldn’t walk straight, but had to stick to the wall.
Causes of insomnia
In 2021, data from the China Sleep Research Association shows that 300 million Chinese have a sleep disorder. That same year, survey data by iiMedia Research Consulting showed that only 15.56% of Chinese people could sleep on their backs.
The China Sleep Research Report (2022) indicates that 57.41% of the respondents reported that they had insomnia for 1-7 days a month, 2.96% of the respondents suffered from chronic insomnia.
Some psychologists have found that during the diagnosis and treatment of insomnia patients, more than half of those with insomnia have psychological causes. Most of the people who share the experience of insomnia on Douban have been healed over time in their own way, being healed and healed by psychologists.
People take a nap on the grass near People’s Square. Photo: The Paper.
The group “The Coalition for Support and Support for Sleep Disorders” mentions that there are many causes of insomnia, mainly divided into physiological, psychological and environmental factors. For example, abnormal performance in the high school entrance exam, failing college, breaking up with a lover, worrying about age, unemployment, etc. These worries prevent them from sleeping, and some even do not want to sleep.
In many articles about insomnia help, some people fall under the category of acute insomnia. They often have symptoms of insomnia due to stress and anxiety. In the other group, the members said they belonged to those who had difficulty sleeping and were easily awakened.
After experiencing short periods of insomnia, Ding Yi has learned that the more she worries about insomnia, the more likely she is to fall into its mire. Therefore, it is necessary to take off the burden and maintain a moderate life, exercise, eat right, and seek the help of a doctor.
How does sleep loss affect health?
Sleep expert Matthew Walker said the amount of sleep directly affects life expectancy, even lack of sleep can directly lead to death. Studies have shown that 90% of sudden death, cerebral hemorrhage, and myocardial infarction in young people are related to staying up late.
In addition to the physical damage, a growing number of studies show that sleep and mood have a close relationship.
In 2019, scientists at the University of California showed that sleep loss can increase anxiety levels by up to 30% the next day. Sufficient and high-quality sleep can keep people calm and reduce stress levels.
How members of groups cure insomnia
In the sleep problems discussion group, there has never been a standard answer to the self-help methods of insomniacs. Only by constantly trying can they find the right cure.
Patients with insomnia should rebuild healthy habits of work and rest, find ways to reduce insomnia without medication, and always remind themselves to gradually give up their dependence on drugs. The cure for insomnia is like rebuilding the self-perception system.
There are many ways to improve sleep, such as changing the bedroom environment, changing the sheets, learning to breathe, practicing mindfulness meditation or yoga, choosing a soothing music or sound…
The smart pillow that promotes sleep was developed by an organization in the Netherlands. Photo: The Paper.
Every night, Maggie opens the meditation app in her bedroom, puts on her headphones, sits in bed, and begins to meditate. She pays attention to her breath, escapes the chaos of work and family, finds her own state of comfort in meditation.
To get a good night’s sleep, Maggie bought a gravity blanket for thousands of yuan (equivalent to tens of millions of dong). She also purchased steam masks for her eyes, an electric sleep aid device, and tried a variety of sleeping aids at home and abroad.
Maggie says meditation works best, and she sometimes spends money to buy classes in the app. She couldn’t specifically calculate how much she spent “buying” a good night’s sleep. But this number is not small.
In addition, some members of groups have treated insomnia with sound methods. They use sounds made up of 7 metals gold, silver, copper, iron, tin, lead and zinc that can emit overtones.
They help the body relax and have a certain impact on insomnia. The price of a sound therapy class ranges from 1.5-3 million VND. There is an opinion that listening to the sound of a car makes the body more peaceful and relieved.
The method of massage with essential oils is praised by many members on social networks. Some people have downloaded maps of human acupuncture points and started massaging.
British composer Max Richter performed the eight-hour modern musical “Sleep,” and the venue provided beds for 150 spectators. Photo: The Paper.
Large commercial market
Insomnia has opened up a large commercial market. Survey data by iiMedia Research in 2021 shows that when faced with sleep problems, 40.36% of Chinese consumers will choose to buy sleep aids. The popularity of those products is relatively high.
Meanwhile, 57.70% of consumers believe that sleep aids have a weak practical effect and are difficult to solve sleep problems with complex causes.
The pressure of sleep deprivation has created a booming economy. In 4 years (2016-2020), the overall market size of China’s sleeping economy has increased from about VND 939 trillion to more than VND 1.3 million billion, or an increase of 44.42%. This market is expected to maintain its uptrend.
The doctor practices the sleep method in “Sleep at 11 o’clock”, a variety show that shows the irregular staying up of young people at night. Photo: Sohu.
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