Region’s adults need more sleep, study finds
A new report by southwestern Public Health finds that only half of adults in Oxford, elgin and st. Thomas are getting the amount of sleep needed to maintain their health.
The study, sleep as a Public Health Priority, finds that women in the region are more likely to report difficulty falling and staying asleep compared to men. The reasons for the differences between men and women could be linked to a number of biological, environmental and behavioural factors, the study says. These findings mirror those of other studies.
The report also finds that income plays a role in sleep behaviour. Oxford, elgin and st. Thomas residents with the lowest household incomes are more likely to have trouble sleeping compared to households with higher income.
Technological advances, like the internet, smart phones and screenbased devices, along with employment demands like shift work, can also hinder sleep, the study says.
The National sleep Foundation recommends that adults receive between seven and 10 hours of sleep per night. Good-quality sleep means that people have little difficulty falling and staying asleep, feel refreshed when they wake up and stay alert throughout their day. Children and youth need slightly more sleep than adults, depending on age.
When people are short of sleep, they are more likely to experience poor memory and attention, motor vehicle crashes, workplace incidents, hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, cancer, increased mortality and reduced productivity and quality of life.