A subject that very much catches my interest is that of problems with sleeping. As a society we tend to make light of the issue of sleep problems and tend to adopt an attitude of “what can’t kill you will make you stronger”. It is now time for society to realise that sleep problems can have a devastating affect on a person’s mental and physical health and can be a potential killer.
According to a recent report poor sleepers are four times more likely to have relationship problems and be three times more likely to suffer from inability to concentrate than people who get enough sleep.
Insufficient sleep is said to affect 30% of the population and is also linked to long-term serious health issues such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Here’s what I think!
I tend to agree with Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, in that for too long sleep has been something that has been ignored as a “major influence on physical and mental health issues”.
In these days of employment which is more stressful and has longer working hours coupled with the result oriented philosophies of modern businesses; it is more important than ever that we treat the issues of sleep problems as the major health concern that it so rightly is.
- Three in 10 Britons suffer sleep problems which could cause mental health problems (mirror.co.uk)
- Sleep deprivation: 2/3 of us don’t get a good night’s sleep (dailymail.co.uk)
- The high price of sleep problems (independent.co.uk)
- New Mental Health Foundation Report Reveals Startling Impact Of Poor Sleep On The Health And Happiness Of The Nation, UK (medicalnewstoday.com)
- How to Get Your Kid to Sleep (blogs.wsj.com)
- Want to Sleep Better? Make Your Bed (webmd.com)
- Study: Sleep Issues for Kids Become Mental Health Problems for Adults (patspapers.com)