sleeping releases hormones that increase stress levels, speed up the heart rate
and raise blood pressure
third of the population are getting less than six hours sleep a night raising
their risk of an early death by 12 per cent.
of sleep could lead to a range of health problems the council have warned including
diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
sleep is a growing problem,” Lisa Artis of the British Sleep Council said.
“Firstly people don’t place enough importance on sleep and the health benefits
being well-rested can have.”
unlike a lot of well understood life changes such as eating five portions of
fruit and vegetables a day, sleep isn’t really on the agenda.”
added: “Unlike diet sleep is a hard thing to regiment and a whole number of
factors such as having small children, having other health issues and
environmental factors can all disturb sleep patterns.”
sleeping releases hormones that increase stress levels and in turn speed up the
heart rate and raise blood pressure sparking a host of health issues.
suggests that routinely getting less than six hours sleep a night can impact
attention, concentration and memory and is also linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Now, Public Health England is
encouraging people to sleep more in a government campaign to help people live
healthier life styles.
on middle-aged people the new campaign will ask people to make seven lifestyle
changes including stopping smoking, drinking less, exercising more and
the new campaign Public Health England said in a document released last month:
“Only around 20-30 per cent of what we think of as “ageing” is biological; the
rest is “decay” or “deterioration”, which can be actively managed or
years between ages 40 and 60 are thus a unique but neglected opportunity for
A recent study by scientists at
Surrey University discovered that over 700 of the bodies genes are altered when
someone regularly gets less than six hours of sleep a night. This could
possibly explain why lack of sleep is connected to a range of health problems.
research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology in 2013
revealed how seven or more hours of sleep a night helped enhance a healthy
less than six hours sleep a night increases risk of early death
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