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The Global Problem of Insufficient Sleep and Its Serious Public Health Implications

Chattu, Vijay and Manzar, Md. and Kumary, Soosanna and Burman, Deepa and Spence, David and Pandi-Perumal, Seithikurippu (2018) The Global Problem of Insufficient Sleep and Its Serious Public Health Implications. Healthcare, 7 (1). p. 1. ISSN 2227-9032

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Good sleep is necessary for good physical and mental health and a good quality of life. Insufficient sleep is a pervasive and prominent problem in the modern 24-h society. A considerable body of evidence suggests that insufficient sleep causes hosts of adverse medical and mental dysfunctions. An extensive literature search was done in all the major databases for “insufficient sleep” and “public health implications” in this review. Globally, insufficient sleep is prevalent across various age groups, considered to be a public health epidemic that is often unrecognized, under-reported, and that has rather high economic costs. This paper addresses a brief overview on insufficient sleep, causes, and consequences, and how it adds to the existing burden of diseases. Insufficient sleep leads to the derailment of body systems, leading to increased incidences of cardiovascular morbidity, increased chances of diabetes mellitus, obesity, derailment of cognitive functions, vehicular accidents, and increased accidents at workplaces. The increased usage of smart phones and electronic devices is worsening the epidemic. Adolescents with insufficient sleep are likely to be overweight and may suffer from depressive symptoms. The paper concludes by emphasizing sleep quality assessments as an important early risk indicator, thereby reducing the incidence of a wide spectrum of morbidities.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Chattu, Vijay0000-0001-9840-8335
Manzar, Md.0000-0002-5571-3310
Kumary, Soosanna0000-0002-2365-7836
Burman, Deepadeb120@pitt.edu0000-0002-6549-7076
Spence, David0000-0001-9840-8335
Pandi-Perumal, Seithikurippu0000-0002-8686-7259
Date: 20 December 2018
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Healthcare
Volume: 7
Number: 1
Publisher: MDPI AG
Page Range: p. 1
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3390/healthcare7010001
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Pediatrics
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: insufficient sleep, insomnia, sleep disorders, sleep apnoea, cardiometabolic diseases
ISSN: 2227-9032
Official URL:
Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 20 May 2022 15:01
Last Modified: 20 May 2022 15:01


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