Charles Morin from the Université Laval, Québec City, Canada and Ruth Benca from the University of Wisconsin, Madison recently reviewed insomnia for the prestigious journal, The Lancet.
They determined that insomniacs are five times more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety and are twice as likely to develop congestive heart failure and diabetes.
The consequences of insomnia don't stop there, though. One study concluded that insomnia sufferers are seven times more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs compared to those who sleep soundly.
These consequences become all the more serious when you consider that 70% of insomniacs struggle with sleep for at least a year and 50% suffer for up to three years.
It almost feels as though I'm banging my head against a brick wall here.
I've been calling for more insomnia awareness for almost three years now. I back up my claims with scientific studies. I hear insomniacs in my insomnia help forums tell me they feel neglected and have limited treatment options.
If we could just get doctors to routinely ask their patients how they're sleeping, maybe we can start addressing the insomnia epidemic.
Source: The Telegraph
Last updated: April 9, 2014