A study conducted by Silentnight and the University of Leeds, England, warns that less than six hours shut eye a night could lead to higher risks of depression or anxiety. More worryingly, the experts found that more than a quarter of British people are surviving on just five hours sleep a night.
Dr. Anna Weighall, who conducted the study, stressed the link between rest and emotional wellbeing as the research monitored various postcodes across the nation.
From the findings, Dr. Weighall discovered a bi-directional relationship which showed a correlation between mental welfare and sleep.
“Firstly, we see the relationship between where people live vs how much they sleep, with this the second observation from the research shows the link between sleepless nights and the rise in mental health,” she explained.
“Areas where we see a drop in the number of hours people sleep are more inclined to struggle with mental health problems.”
Not only is mental health affected by lack of sleep, but health issues are worsened too. Dr. Weighall continued to share that the links between sleep and psychical health are also clearly shown though the survey, backing up former research that has linked it to cardiovascular problems and metabolic disorders like obesity and diabetes.
“Our research, conducted in collaboration with Silentnight, showed how from a survey of 1000 UK adults we found a strong relationship between poor sleep and reduced health related quality of life,” she stressed.
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