When the day affects the night
Often, it’s not that people don’t recognize the impact that sleep has on their overall health – for many, life simply gets in the way. According to the Philips Global Sleep Survey, only 46% of global adults say they follow a regular set schedule for bedtime4, which can result in irregular and often inadequate sleep duration. This can create a disruptive cycle of mental and physical effects, including fatigue, moodiness or irritability, feeling unmotivated and experiencing a lack of concentration.
Equally, pre-existing medical conditions play a contributing role for many who experience sleep disruption. Sleep deprivation and disorders are becoming more and more prevalent worldwide - according to the global sleep survey, over 60% of adults have a medical condition that impacts their rest5, and more than 100 million people worldwide suffer from sleep apnea, 80% of whom remain undiagnosed. Overall, the global prevalence of difficulty in initiating and maintaining sleep is predicted to be around 30%.6 In addition, the aging process can have an impact on sleep, with individuals above age 50 demonstrating steadily declining quantities of slow wave sleep7.
Inadequate sleep can have an immediate impact on our wellbeing unlike exercise or diet. Philips annual sleep survey shows that, despite knowing sleep is important to overall health, people are still struggling to address it in the same way they would exercise or nutrition. The more we understand how sleep impacts everything we do, the better we can adjust our lifestyle and find solutions that help us get better sleep.