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Sleep problems are increasing around the world, in developing as well as developed nations. Sleep disorders are linked to depression and anxiety as well.
In the first study of sleep disorder in pan-Africa and Asia, researchers from the University of Warwick discovered an estimated 150 million adults suffering from sleep-related disorders across the developing world. In developing nations they found an average of 16.6% of adults reported sleep problems. This approaches the 20% of sleep disruption in the developed West.
“Our research shows the levels of sleep problems in the developing worked are far higher than previously thought. This is particularly concerning as many low-income countries are facing a double burden of disease with pressure on scarce financial resources coming from infectious diseases like HIV, but also from a growing rate of chronic diseases like cardiovascular diseases and cancer. This new study suggests sleep disturbances might also represent a significant and unrecognized public health issue among older people, especially women, in low income settings,” according to Dr. Saverio Stranges, lead author from Warwick Medical School.
Bangladesh had the highest occurrence of sleep problems at 43.9% for women. That is more than twice the rate for developed countries. For men the rate was 23.6%. Vietnam was 37.6% for women and 28.5% for men. Some of the smaller African countries saw rates between 8.3% and 12.7%. South Africa however had double that rate at 31.3% for women and 27.2% for men.
Source: MedicalNewsToday, University of Warwick
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