Insomnia Linked to Early Deaths

Thursday 2nd September 2010

American researchers have discovered that chronic insomnia is linked to higher mortality rates in men, sparking health care expects to lobby for government policy and health care initiatives that raise awareness about the health implications of sleep problems.

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine claim that men who are chronically sleep deprived could be more than four times more likely to die prematurely than their well rested counterparts, following their study of over 1,000 troubled sleepers.

The study is thought to be the first to directly link sleep problems, studied under lab conditions rather than through self-reported questionnaires, to a heightened mortality risk. Researchers hope that their findings will encourage people with sleep problems to seek medical help and treatment.

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