Re­gion’s adults need more sleep, study finds

Tillsonburg News - - SPORTS -

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.

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