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Every third Swede suffers sleeping disorder: study

Published: 27 Jan 2013 10:28 GMT+01:00

The study, published in the February issue of the renowned Allergy journal, shows that smokers and those suffering from obesity and asthma are particularly at risk.

"That sleep disorders are so common among people with asthma and congestion indicates that the (available) treatments don't work as well as they could," Fredrik Sundbom at Uppsala University Hospital told the local Uppsala Nya Tidning daily.

The study interviewed both women and men in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Uppsala and Umeå, with questions covering subjects such as exercise habits, sleep, breathing conditions and tobacco use.

Around a third reported sleeping disorders, including finding it hard to fall asleep, waking several times during the night, and waking up early in the morning without being able to fall back to sleep.

The existence of asthma was the single most significant cause of sleeping disorders found in the survey, with over half of sufferers (some seven percent of total respondents) reporting sleep problems.

For those who don't suffer from asthma but still suffer from sleeping disorders, Fredrik Sundbom recommended lifestyle changes with set bed-times and increased physical activity.

"And for those who snore and are particularly tired during the day there is cause to undergo an examination to establish whether they suffer from the so-called sleep apnoea syndrome," he told the newspaper.

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Your comments about this article

11:11 January 27, 2013 by Kamv
One wonders if like a study done here in the uk many decades ago that it is the background enviroment that could be causing this.
12:29 January 27, 2013 by skatty
@kamv

Good point. But this study like most of other Swedish studies on health focus more on individuals than social, economy and background environments.

I think to get sleeping problem especially for foreigner in a country, where six months of the year is very dark and six months very light (in winters in the early afternoon is dark and in the summers until midnight is sun) should be considered normal.

In my opinion to study health problem needs focus on both the individual and environmental conditions.
13:31 January 27, 2013 by muscle
what about irregular consumption of coffee...for example 1 hour berfore sleeping ???
07:44 January 28, 2013 by truthcode
to much coffee, too much alcohol, to much higher taxes

change coffee for tee,change alcohol for marijuana,and no pay taxes ,Guaranteed long life ;)
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