Looming Global Sleep Crisis Threatens Humanity

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Social media and smartphones contribute to sleeplessness

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Humanity is threatened by diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression because more people are having inadequate sleep

SCIENTISTS have raised an alarm over an impending global sleep crisis which could arise from humans having inadequate sleep. According to a new study published in the journal ‘Science Advances’, social pressure is forcing people to sleep less than needed and thereby contributing to the problem.

According to the report, sleep is important for people of all ages to stay in good health and how one feels and performs during the day is related to how much sleep that person got the night before. It stated that if sleepiness interferes with one’s daily activities, more sleep each night will improve the quality of the person’s working hours.

Therefore, insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression, which threaten the human race. The report noted that not getting enough sleep is associated with the onset of these diseases and also may complicate their management and outcome. Adequate sleep, it emphasised is important for appetite and weight management and a key to preventing many chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Reacting to the impending global sleep crisis, the researchers from the University of Michigan in the United States said they have tracked sleep patterns of some 6,000 people in 100 countries and analysed connections with age, gender, daily natural light exposure as well as cultural pressures. They said that the effects of society on sleep cannot be quantified. They found out that social pressures weaken and, or conceal biological drives in the evening, leading individuals to delay their bedtime and shorten their sleep.

The study found that lack of sleep is mostly affected by the time people go to bed. They said the middle-aged men get the least amount of sleep, less than the recommended seven to eight hours. Researchers said age is the main factor determining the amount of sleep. – Yahoo News

— May 23, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT

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