Professor Ingo Fietze, MD, is Head of the Interdisciplinary Center Of Sleep Medicine at Berlin’s Charité hospital, Senior physician, Internist, Pneumologist and Somnologist. Born in 1960, he has been on a board member of the German Society for Sleep Research and is chairman of the German Sleep Society.
SLEEP MODE: A SOCIETY ON THE BRINK OF EXHAUSTION
A staggering 80% of all employees in Germany suffer from sleep-related problems – and most have only themselves to thank. They wake up too early, get to bed too late, spend too much time on the internet in bed, check their emails too often after the work day is over. Most refuse to see a problem, carrying on with habits that can turn the occasional problem falling asleep into a chronic sleep disorder, bringing with it increased risk of illness, depression, weight gain and problems with concentration.
Why is it that few of us believe that healthy sleeping habits are as important as a healthy diet, exercise or giving up smoking? And why do so many believe that less sleep is a sign of vitality and strength? What impact is all this having on our society as a whole – and can we avoid the danger of sleep disorders becoming one of the most widespread and damaging health problems of the 21st century?
In his incisive and unsettling book, renowned sleep specialist Professor Ingo Fietze forces us all to reflect on our own alarmingly blasé attitude dealing with an often-underestimated problem fast becoming endemic in modern societies.