Lack of sleep can have serious consequences even in relatively young people, writes The Times of India.

Dr L Sreenivasa Murthy, medical director, Nightingales Home Health Services, said: “Sleeping trouble leads to psychological problems. Chronic insomnia may increase an individual’s risk of developing mood disorders. Insomniacs are five times more likely to slip into depression and 20 times more likely to get panic disorders…Fatigue due to lack of sleep can cause headaches, resulting in poor performance at the workplace. This in turn results in irritation and the inability to concentrate,” he added.

Dr Shantanu Tandon, ENT and sleep apnoea specialist at Sakra World Hospital, said: “Insomnia also affects personal relationships as it is known to lower testosterone that affects sex drive. Sleep apnoea can also cause erectile dysfunction”.