The disrupted sleep contagion sweeping the world
Researchers have been routinely issuing warnings of how disrupted or less sleep can lead to a host of health issues including type 2 diabetes. Indeed, the lack of sleep is a serious issue which many, especially in the urban living spaces don’t seem to be taking seriously. Lack of proper sleep is generally attributed to pressures at work or peer pressure to socialize and stay out late.
When we sleep less, we are forcing our bodies to confirm to a routine which is alien to what nature intended. There is conflict between our desire to retire late to bed with our bodies which are pushing us to get to bed at a reasonable time and get up early in the morning. The biggest casualty of this conflict is proving to be our health.
Now scientists have analyzed data collected from an app which has revealed some interesting information on the world’s sleeping patterns. We have learnt that the Dutch are fortunate to get one hour of sleep every night than the Japanese and the Singaporeans while women in general are lucky to get more sleep than men. Interestingly, the study also revealed that people who spent a considerable time in the natural sunshine tended to go to bed early.
Researchers have been analyzing information retrieved from the app and studying the various factors precipitating this contagion of sleep disruption in communities across the globe. In addition to the global sleep crisis, scientists are also studying the host of health problems which are emerging due to a lack of sleep and also eating huge unhealthy meals and drinking late into the night. Undoubtedly, there exists an ignorance amongst people about how their disrupted sleep patterns are the cause of their health problems. There is a need to educate people on how their lifestyles could be causing irreparable damage to their health. If people who sleep late are getting sick, they must learn to connect the dots.
Researchers are optimistic that the Entrain app which had originally been released by the University of Michigan in 2014 to help people in overcoming jetlag will be an important tool to obtain the information needed to help deal with the current global sleep crisis.