One impact the recession has on our lives is clear: increased stress. Whether you’re worrying about an unsecure job, a lack of money or a struggling relationship, the recession probably plays a part, however big or small.
Stress can cause a number of other health related problems, both physical and psychological, from chest pains, palpitations, constipation and diarrhoea, to anger, snappiness, depression and sleeplessness.
The Great British Sleep Survey, commissioned by the ‘Sleepio’ organisation, has recently released results suggesting that over half the nation has difficulty sleeping on a regular basis, otherwise known as insomnia.
The study, which interviewed 11,129 adults at the beginning of this year, found that women are 3 times more likely to suffer from insomnia than men, with 75% of women admitting to sleeping problems compared to only 25% of men.
Professor Colin Espie of Glasgo University, who co-founded ‘Sleepio’, said: “Living with poor sleep and its consequences is not only very common, but it is in all likelihood degrading Britain’s health. This is not a trivial matter. It’s time for the NHS to pay attention to the scientific evidence that persistent poor sleep elevates the risk of developing new illnesses”.
Evidence suggests that lack of sleep can have a severe impact on individual health, causing a range of illnesses from diabetes to depression.
The Great British Sleep survey showed that:
- 55% of those having trouble sleeping were having relationship difficulties
- 77% were having problems with concentration
- 64% were less productive at work
- 83% were having trouble with their mood
- 93% reported lower energy levels
All of these factors suggest that it is in the government’s interest to invest more resources into tackling sleeplessness – its social impact is clear.
Professor Epsie believes the NHS should invest money in making Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) more widely available for those suffering from sleeplessness.
CBT is proven as an effective treatment for insomnia. To find out more about CBT, please visit our Therapies page. Alternatively, use the search tool to find a counsellor specialising in CBT near you.
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