In the past recent years, there has become an increasing emphasis placed on a good quality sleep as part of an excellent health regimen. Some studies have suggested that 7-8 hours of good quality sleep per night is great for the body. Following the increasing stresses along with the pressure of the modern world with the ubiquitous presence of electronics. Our quality of sleep is being constantly shortened.
To furthermore, very common sleep diagnosis of sleep apnoea and other less common but still very disturbing conditions of sleep that can remarkably affect the quality and quantity of a good sleep habit.
A recent study on sleep has re-sparked my interests on this issue. Study One published in Nature Genetics from Holland. Assessed the DNA and sleep characteristics in 1.3 million people. These people were part of the US-based “23 and me” genetic screening program. And results show that around 30% of the population suffer some degree of insomnia. Whereas 1 in 10 people have terribly poor sleep and subsequently suffer daytime consequences. It has been estimated that 770 million people worldwide suffer significant chronic insomnia.
Interestingly, a new study showed that there are under 1000 variations of genes which contribute to insomnia and this appears unrelated to whether you are a lark (i.e.) go to bed early, wake up early or a night owl i.e. go to bed late, wake up late; which appears to be genetically determined with a 70/30 ratio of larks to night owls. But, there does appear to be a clear understandable link between these abnormal gene variants and insomnia with depression and anxiety.
The key message from this study performed on sleep. Its a vital part of your day. And we should be respecting our sleep and not abusing it. We should be aiming for a regular, constant sleep habit. With the increasing issues around all aspects of modern living, many people are cutting back on sleep or having disrupted sleep because of stress. From overlooked problems of internet addictions and electronics, as well as many other factors. We all get told about the importance of diet and exercise, but just think of sleep and how much of an important part that it plays in our life. In my opinion, good quality sleep is another vital factor in our generation of good health. Sleep poorly at your peril.