Wednesday 26 October 2016

Financial worries are causing us to lie awake


Money worries cause one in five people to lose sleep, a survey has revealed.
Money worries cause one in five people to lose sleep, a survey has revealed.

More than one in five of us are kept awake at night by money worries, a new survey shows.

Fretting about work and family worries are also common reasons for not getting enough sleep, the survey reveals.

Over 1,000 people answered the King Koil Sleep of the Nation survey and the majority, 65pc of respondents, were under the age of 45.

A new campaign is now being backed by Dublin GP Nina Byrnes, which is designed to provide advice on good sleep and its health benefits


"Getting a good night's sleep, on a regular basis, can reduce stress, increase productivity and attention and help maintain a good immune system," Dr Byrnes told the Herald.

"It can even increase life expectancy. Lack of sleep has a proven effect on health and well-being. If you don't sleep well, you are more prone to mood disorders. Obviously, poor sleep can be a symptom of mood disorders.

"People who are anxious or feel down, one of the classic signs might be they fall asleep and then wake in the early hours of the morning and find it difficult to go back to sleep.

"We know that driving tired can be nearly as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol."

It comes as a new website, Sleeptember.ie, has been launched to address common sleep problems.

It will advise on the physical and psychological impacts of poor quality sleep and reveal the secrets to restful, reinvigorating sleep.

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