A study conducted by Cosmos Institute of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences in India reveals that 34% of females and 15.7% of college students suffer from disturbed sleep.
According to the study conducted by Cosmos Institute of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences (CIMBS) in Delhi, students with sleep disturbances were also at higher risk of depression, anxiety, emotional and behavioural disturbances as well as alcohol and drug abuse.
“Psychiatrists from across the city are seeing a new trend of sleep disorder amongst children and adolescents and youth, in which the individual sleeps late at night and wakes up late in the morning, leading to Phase Delayed Sleep Disorder,” said CIMBS director Sunil Mittal.
He said most of the sleep disorders were preventable or treatable, and stressed the importance of consulting a qualified sleep specialist or psychiatrist for help, rather than self-medicating oneself.
According to medical science, insomnia (inability to sleep) alone affects 8-10 percent of the general population and may lead to increased risk of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, headache, immune deficiency, anxiety, depression, memory problems, road traffic accidents and decreased work performance.