Lack of sleep

An interesting article today in the Guardian tells us that not getting enough sleep brings on the “munchies” much like cannabis does. The average person in the UK is under-sleeping by about an hour a night, losing the equivalent of an entire night’s sleep a week, a survey for the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has found.

The poll of 2,000 adults, published in a report by the society, found the average sleep time is 6.8 hours, compared with the 7.7 hours people feel they need.

Many people said the deficit had knock-on effects on their health, with roughly half saying they had felt stressed as a result and about a third saying it caused them to eat unhealthy food.

The RSPH is so concerned that it is calling for a national sleep strategy, including a “slumber number” – guidance on how many hours of sleep people should be getting according to their age – and for the subject to be added to the school curriculum.

“Good sleep can cure many of the public’s ills, and lack of it is linked to a string of unhealthy behaviours and some of our leading preventable diseases,” said RSPH chief executive Shirley Cramer.