Global ‘sleeplessness epidemic’ Says Study


Estimated 150 million Affected in Developing World

People in the developing world are experincing sleep problems at levels approaching those seen in developed nations, according to a study at Warwick Medical School.

Lack of sleep is linked to an increase in problems in health issues such as depression and anxiety, the study says.

Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick, carried out the study in Africa and Asia, a first for those regions. The study estimates that around “150 million adults are suffering from sleep-related problems across the developing world.”

Women had more problems with sleeping than men, and the difference between men and women was much more marked in Bangladesh.

The study showed:

* Bangladesh had the highest prevalence of sleep problems among the countries analyzed
* Vietnam too had very high rates of sleep problems
* South Africa had double the rate of the other African countries

The Warwick study was supported by the World Health Organisation and was funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, USA and by the Wellcome Trust, UK.

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Global ‘sleeplessness epidemic’ affects an estimated 150 million in developing world .