The Mental Health Foundation recently published a report detailing the impact of sleep on health and well-being to coincide with the launch of their new campaign to raise awareness of the importance of sleep for both mental and physical health.
Key findings from the Sleep Matters report included the following:
Over 30% of the population currently suffer from insomnia or another sleep disorder. Those who do have insomnia are:
Senior Researcher at the Mental Health Foundation and lead author of Sleep Matters, Dr Dan Robotham has stressed that those who find themselves experiencing insomnia can soon develop a downward spiral of sleeplessness and ill-health. This is why it is essential that the public be made more aware of effective ways of improving the quality of their sleep and employers, schools and public health bodies also need to know how to identify and support people with sleep disorders.
The report has made recommendations which including an increase of local and national health campaigns to raise awareness in schools and workplaces and extra training for GPs regarding evidence based sleep therapies suchas Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).