The Independent reports on how sleep deprivation affects the homeless.

John Groeger, a professor of psychology at Nottingham Trent University, who is also a sleep therapist, says that although sleep loss might “seem like such a trivial concern, it is actually critical to physical and mental health, and the kind of chronic sleep loss that homeless people experience hugely affects their everyday lives.”

Links between lack of sleep and poor mental health have long been made by the public health sector, yet for homeless people, it seems to be a grey area blamed on situation and consequence.

Groeger said there needs to be time and money invested in not just housing homeless people, but helping them to have total autonomy in their lives – of which sleep is a huge contributing factor.

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