Also the bean counters clock doctor/patient sessions.
And, there's the threat of malpractice.
So, it's no surprise that a survey by Pulse found that 11% of GPs have drifted into problem drinking. They are searching for relief from work stress - and a way to fall asleep. Here is the complete coverage by The Guardian.
The joint study by the American Bar Association and Hazelden Betty Ford essentially found that same pattern among lawyers in the U.S.
Of course, there's wisdom in recognizing overwhelming stress and reaching out for what will help. Also, sleeplessness has become a common problem throughout the U.S., found the American Psychological Association.
But alcohol is never the answer. Yes, a few belts before bed can help some fall asleep. However, alcohol prevents Rapid Eye Movement (REM).
That's the reason why so many alcohol abusers are tired the next day and can suffer poor concentration.
If medical doctors and lawyers decide to participate in recovery, they frequently form their own private groups. Such an arrangement allows them to share more freely and limit the damage to their professional reputations.
Meanwhile, those professionals who are struggling with falling asleep, an effective product is the alcohol-free liquid version of the sleep aid put on the market by Vicks NyQuil. It is a bit pricey - about eight bucks for 12 ounces. But, initially, for many, it works as well as prescription sleeping pills.
A brief period of meditation daily can reduce the stress. Also, once the meditation habit is acquired, professionals can stop their day at any time and focus on their mantra for a few minutes. Such a practice can "change the channel" in their heads. A spiritual leader at a zen center in New Haven, Connecticut, has another way of describing the effect: It creates a protective shield around the person feeling oppressed.
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