Sleep, unfortunately for some, has become a tradable commodity. It is estimated that nearly half of the UK population are getting just six hours sleep or less a night. And an alarming four out of five people complain of disturbed, poor or inadequate sleep. (Sleep Council ‘Toxic Sleep’ survey, January 2011)
Sleep - along with exercise - is something we are often willing to sacrifice to accommodate other parts of our life. We take it for granted and it's even seen as a badge of honour among many a workplace 'water-cooler' chit chat! But at what cost? Essentially, over time, poor and inadequate sleep can result in a whole host of health concerns including an increased risk of chronic illness such as heart disease and diabetes.
Did You Know:
Poor sleep means an increased risk of depression. showing a 45% increase in depressive symptoms.
People who sleep less than 6hrs per night have a 15% greater risk of heart disease or stroke.
1 in 3 people suffer with Insomnia, drastically increasing (55%) the likelihood of relationship issues.
Sleep deprivation and poor sleep show a 30% higher risk of obesity, and 55% more difficulty in losing weight.
23% of individuals have difficulty concentrating, with 1 in 6 crashes resulting in death or injury on major roads being fatigue-related.
A review of 16 studies found that sleeping for less than 6 to 8 hours a night increases the risk of early death by about 12%.
When 'being healthy' comes into question, the most obvious starting points are diet and exercise. But what about sleep? Could getting adequate and optimal sleep be the catalyst for a wholesale change? Could sleep be more important to your health than you realise?