Statistics says that about 30% of current world’s population is very well familiar with insomnia. It may seem that there’s nothing much new to discover about such a common sleep disorder. It has been a subject of scientific interest for many decades, and there’s really a lot known about causes and side effects of insomnia. However, according to a study published by the Mental Health Foundation, insomnia could have more negative effects on our life than we actually expect. Apart of bringing us various cardiovascular problems, depression, immune deficiency, inability to lead an active lifestyle and perform good at work, insomnia is likely to be linked to poor interpersonal relationships. And the scientists at the Mental Health Foundation claim that insomnia should be actually treated as a very serious and dangerous disease which can affect our life quality to a great extent.
About 6,800 participants were invited to take part in this online research which became the biggest of this kind of study in the United Kingdom. It turned out that those who regularly suffer from insomnia and a regular lack of sleep are 4 times more likely to be affected by various personal and family relationship problems, three times more likely to feel depressed and mentally exhausted, as well as very often suffer from such things as a lack of concentration, low energy levels and inability to focus at work.
According to Dr. Dan Robotham of the Mental Health Foundation, one of the study leaders, the most dangerous thing is the circle which all people who suffer from regular insomnia have to enter. He underlines that insomnia and a lack of sufficient amounts of sleep escalate and cause a lot of mental problems, which in turn bring to even worse lack of sleep at night. “It is crucial that people are aware of the effective ways of breaking that spiral by improving the quality of their sleep. Employers, schools and public health bodies also need to know how they can identify and support people suffering from sleep disorders,” he underlines. Read more about the results of these extensive study in the Great British Sleep Report which was recently published online.