Lack of sleep causes obesity, stroke and depression: British people are taught how to sleep properly.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock is set to release a Green Paper (a government publication that sets out proposals for public comment) on sleep deprivation and its consequences, according to the Daily Mail.
The Minister considers it important to remind the population of the results of studies that have shown that an inadequate night’s sleep, which lasts less than 7-9 hours, can be a risk factor for obesity, stroke, heart attacks, depression and anxiety.
Lack of sleep can negatively affect the recovery of the body of a person who has had surgery or is recovering from an illness.
Women who are forced to work at night are 30 percent more likely to develop breast cancer. In a similar situation, men are 25 percent more at risk of cardiovascular disease.
In addition, a person who is forced to sleep less than seven hours a night is 10 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Hancock noted that according to statistics, about three quarters of British adults regularly sleep less than seven hours a day, so detailed recommendations based on age, gender, chronic diseases, etc., are simply necessary for them. The Minister stressed that the recommendations of the «green paper» cannot be considered «obligatory for all», but it is certainly worth listening to them.
Professor Matthew Walker, a British neuroscientist, commented: «Sleep is the wave that rocks boats with our health. Normalizing the population’s sleep patterns could save the British healthcare system many millions.»
Dangerous consequence: lack of sleep dehydrates the body