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Sleep better – Interview with Markus Kamps
Sep 25, 2020

Von: Fynn S.

Today we learn how to sleep better again! Markus Kamps is our guest and we can ask him some questions about sleep and sleep hygiene. Markus Kamps has been working on the topic of sleep and back health for more than 20 years. He is a trained sleep consultant and Germany’s first preventologo for sleep and stress counselling.

Why is sleep so important to us humans?

Sleep is often underestimated. Sleep is linked to or linked to so many other health issues, many dream of a good restful sleep. But when it becomes concrete, one does not worry enough, although scientists say that the brain, the immune system, the digestion, the cardiovascular system, the metabolism… in short, almost 70% of total health is somehow connected to good sleep.

Many people know it, the eternal thought carousel before bedtime. Why does our psyche play such a big role in our sleep quality?

“No compulsion – don’t force sleep”

Most people want to force sleep immediately, but sleep cannot be forced. An important tip is to find the right time to fall asleep and to keep a positive attitude towards sleep – sleeping is a beautiful thing!

What can I do about these many thoughts before sleeping?

The most important are routines and rituals. So it would also be important to cultivate rituals in the evening and always go to bed at the same times. The thought carousel can be counteracted not only by routines, but also by concentrated relaxation. Sounds contradictory, but it is actually meant in this way. Many are also tense in their “relaxation phases” and mentally on completely different topics. It also helps to do things earlier in the day and not in the evening. Thoughts that you still can’t let go of in the evening should definitely be written down. This takes the pressure off this thought. The most important thing, however, as I have already said, is not to force anything. Stay calm and follow a daily routine to prepare for the night.

You almost feel like it’s a “trend word,” but when exactly do you talk about a sleep disorder?

The sleep physician sees this somewhat differently from the sleep practitioner. The sleep physician says if 3 weeks for 3 weeks at least 3 times a week. 3 hours of sleep is disrupted and there are negative effects in the day and the performance during the day then we are talking about a sleep disorder. There are 88 types of different sleep disorders that can only be more clearly defined by the sleep physician even in the sleep laboratory.
As a sleep practitioner, I see many people who have a false understanding of sleep or simply inappropriate behavior patterns for falling asleep, falling asleep, at bed or eating or using the media, and here everyone can systematically change and optimize these things themselves or accompanied by consultants. Organic or psychological damage must be directed to the respective department. Consultants with a lot of experience like us do this and work interdisciplinary also with sleep physicians and bed and relaxation experts.

What do you think of sleeping pills? Are such sensible or rather critical?

Sleep aids and the advice on this belongs solely because of the interactions in the hands of your GP or the somnologist in the sleep laboratory. There are situations where a light sleeping pill is the best alternative for a limited period of time. In the long term, however, sleep aids become dependent and the self-empowerment to relax and to let go of one’s own is lost.

There are good alternatives with herbal remedies, or with food with high concentration saline of thryptophan or with audio therapies with certain frequencies good alternatives without side effects.

I keep hearing the term oxygen saturation in the context of sleep trackers and sleep analysis. Why does it play a crucial role in oxygen saturation?

Yes, many people just want to know if there were no breathdropters at night, because snoring and breath dropouts are a very important topic. Sleep apnea causes second sleep and therefore accidents and can trigger heart attacks, diabetes or pyjamas. Nobody wants that…. In order to get to the bottom of the snoring, the measurement of oxygen saturation is absolutely necessary. It is also important to say here that saturation should be measured continuously. With so-called spot measurements (snapshots), there is a risk of overlooking saturation waste.

As a sleep expert and sleep coach, you help people sleep better again. How exactly do you help your clients get a better night’s sleep?

We have open consultation hours in which we find out the lever of the individual where the individual path should start. The main problem is that many have already tried a lot. However, it must be delimited whether there are psychological or physical ailments or damage, or whether first the sleep hygiene, the bed, the rhythm, the sleep time of sofa sleep, the setting or or or must be addressed.
The fact is every sleep path and sleep plan is different – INDIVIDUAL – I look forward to everyone who wants to go with us!

What can I do myself if I also suspect a sleep disorder and do not want to go directly to a doctor or sleep expert? Are there any tips and tricks you would recommend to everyone?

The most important thing is to deal with your sleep through measurements or a protocol and then take a closer look at it yourself or with a consultant and start with the right lever.

Mr Kamps, thank you for the kind and insightful conversation. You and your clients continue to have great success in optimizing sleep and all the best!


If you want to work on your own sleep, you should definitely not miss our 8 tips & tricks. This list of helpful tips for a better sleep, we have written together with Mr. Markus Kamps and provided you with.

If you are also interested in a sleep consultation, please visit the website of Mr. Markus Kamps at https://www.markus-kamps.de/ .

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