A full night’s sleep
Good English skills are usually helpful when advising foreign-language customers. PTA-Forum has compiled the most important vocabulary, questions and advice on the subject of "sleep disorders".
Everybody needs sufficient sleep in order to regenerate physically and mentally. How much sleep is needed varies considerably from person to person. Some people can manage with four to five hours, others need eight to nine hours. As a rule, the amount of sleep needed gradually decreases with increasing age. When sleep no longer provides rest and recuperation, those affected feel tired and have little energy during the day. As a result, they frequently seek help by using some medication.
Here antihistamines and herbal medicines are available for self-medication. But over-the-counter drugs can only be a short-term solution. If the sleep disorder continues for longer than two weeks and if the cause is not clear, the persons affected should consult a doctor. Only he can clarify if any medication is causing the disorder or if a serious illness is at the root of the symptoms.
Important questions for the consultation
Information on the correct application of the recommended preparation
|Deutsch / German||Englisch / English|
|Aufwachen||to wake up|
|Einschlafen||to fall asleep|
|Durchschlafen||a full night’s sleep|
|Schlafbedürfnis||need for sleep|
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Common cold or allergy
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