UK Government tell middle aged to get more sleep
The government is urging people between the ages of 40 & 60 to get more sleep in a bid to boost the nation’s health. This comes as part of a wider ranging campaign by Public Health England which includes getting more exercise and kicking the bad habits like alcohol and smoking. Another big factor being considered in all this is the association between too little sleep and the alarming rise in diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
The middle aged years are seen very much by the Government as an overlooked opportunity for intervention. The age group overall are believed to have more stress linked to the demands of modern life, their families and occupations.
Sleep experts and professionals across the board have welcomed the initiative. Surrey University’s sleep Professor Derk Jan Dijk said “This is a group of people who we need to concentrate on.” A recent study carried out there found people who are regularly getting less than six hours sleep a night are experiencing up to 700 gene changes This is known to dramatically increase the potential for a range of negative health issues. Adrian Williams, Professor of sleep at Guys NHS Foundation Trust that a clear focus on sleep would have appositive affect on overall health.
The Public Health England campaign will encourage the age group to seek a more holistic approach to their health through some simple lifestyle changes:
Reduce alcohol intake
Reduce everyday stresses
Get some regular exercise
Recognise disease symptoms early
Get more and better sleep
We know that outside of stress, overheating is one of the biggest causes of a poor sleep pattern. That is why you should choose a mattress surface that is genuinely breathable and allows proper regulation of body temperature as you sleep.
Interestingly Prof. Derk Jan Dijk said “20-30% of what we think of as ageing is biological the rest is decay and deterioration, which can and should be actively managed or prevented.”
Physical and mental decline should not be regarded as inevitable.