Science

Science

CYRES loves innovation and acceleration. With our international team, collaboration with researchers and our connections worldwide, we create ways to accelerate Personal Development and Leadership.

Creating a flow between science, co-worker well being and business performance. We create a new generation of tools, and bring it to you.

 

Stress, Burnout, Health and Alzheimer

The technology solution

According to a study by Securex in 2014, nearly 2 out of 3 Belgian employees suffers from work-related stress. In one out of 4 this transforms in health issues. In the 2014 press release, Securex estimated that for every employee suffering from stress there is an additional yearly cost of at least 3750 €. In Belgium, this is approximately one out of 4 employees. (Securex 2014). Stress also accounts for 37% of all health related absences. Where healthy employees are 6 days absent per year on average, those with stress stay home 20 days a year. Besides the individual health issues stress also entrains a negative work environment where colleagues are irritable and are easy to get angry.

One out of three employees (31%) with too much work-related stress plans to leave the organisation in contrast to 20% with less stressed colleagues. An integrated stress policy becomes important for employee retention.

Burnout is the result of sustained long term stress and led to 189 days, about 6 months,  of absence per person on average in 2011. The most common symptoms are sleeping disorders (60%), less energy (53%), neuro vegetative and functional complaints (52,6%), demotivation (48,4%), asthenia – weakening of the body (45,7%) and frustration (44,4%). In over 30% of these cases, these symptoms last for over 12 months.

When we look at causes, then these are the most important: work-related pressure (57,9%), Time pressure (41,3%) , Changes in organisation (38,4%), Conflicts at work (37,4%), work-life balance (30,6%).

Having a strong personal foundation and being able to cope with ever increasing pressure is important for both well-being of the individual and the organisation. Our Personal Leadership Program has been designed specifically to offer a solution to this challenge.

As studied in psychophysiology, stress manifests in the body in different ways. One is in the brain. Stress is characterised by a great deal of worry and unnecessary internal dialogue, which is situated in the Bèta Brainwave band. In normal circumstances, when working and reflecting heavily, there is much activity in this frequency band. However, when this activity continues also in down-time, experienced by individuals as “I can’t turn off my brain”, fatigue builds up, leading to stress, sleeping disorders, and a decline in performance.

When stress continues to build up, it will manifest in the body and the nervous system. This will be seen in the Heart Rate Variability (HRV). Based on our algorithms and the spectrum analysis we can get indications of short and long term stress, focus and flow levels, and emotional baggage.

The body and brain are linked. Specific brain states and states for optimal performance are linked with specific bodily processes. Using bio- and neuro-feedback, the user gets signals when the bodily processes are approaching optimal values. This empowers the individual to develop his own unique strategy to relax the body and access a state of optimal performance at will.

With brainwave technology, we can induce optimal brainwave patterns and also relax the brain. Relaxation is done by our unique Neuro-Patterning-Sound technology which slows down brainwave activity, brings fast relaxation, and thus de-stress.

The ability to relax and get enough sleep is very important since during deep sleep the brain is cleared of toxins that build up during the night by the Glymphatic System. Without enough deep sleep, the toxins build up in the brain and impair cognitive functions. These toxins, and the lack of deep sleep, have also been linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer.

 

From Jessen, Nadia Aalling et al. “The Glymphatic System: A Beginner’S Guide”. Neurochemical Research 40.12 (2015): 2583-2599.