11 February 2011
Insomnia should be treated as a major health issue, a report released by the UK’s Mental Health Foundation warns.
The report, Sleep matters, identified a link between insomnia and poor relationships, low energy levels and poor concentration.
An online survey of 6800 people found those with insomnia (inability to fall or remain asleep over a period of several nights) were 4 times more likely to have experienced relationship problems and 3 times more likely to have depression.
Lead author, Dr Dan Robotham from the Mental Health Foundation, believed people could become stuck in a cycle where poor sleep led to mental health problems and in turn, to even worse sleep.
"It is crucial that people are aware of effective ways of breaking that spiral by improving the quality of their sleep", he said.
Last Reviewed: 14 February 2011