Health is­sues keep us awake

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

MIL­LIONS of us wake up in the mid­dle of the night be­cause of health wor­ries.

Now a sur­vey has pin­pointed the most com­mon time for our mo­ment of panic – 4.05am.

And, ac­cord­ing to the Bupa re­port, our top three con­cerns in the early hours are over­due den­tal check-ups, los­ing weight and tack­ling stress.

De­spite the prob­lem af­fect­ing 32 mil­lion adults, a fifth of us still say that deal­ing with a health is­sue is the least likely thing to be checked off a to-do list. Al­most half say there is some­thing “more im­por­tant” to get done.

For in­stance, we are more likely to com­plete tasks re­lated to work, fi­nances or re­la­tion­ships.

But Dr Luke James, med­i­cal di­rec­tor of Bupa Health Clin­ics, warned that this at­ti­tude could lead to even worse health prob­lems.

He said: “The is­sue is that per­sis­tent wor­ry­ing can lead to fur­ther prob­lems – blood pres­sure can go up and peo­ple can start suf­fer­ing from things like heart pal­pi­ta­tions.

“Th­ese are po­ten­tially more se­ri­ous con­di­tions, which can be much more dif­fi­cult to bounce back from. It’s time for the na­tion to act, tick those ac­tions off the list and worry less.”

The mid­dle of the night is not the only time we worry about our health. We also worry in the shower and on the daily com­mute, the re­search pointed out.

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