Insomnia does NOT cause an early death
Sleep tight! Insomnia does NOT cause an early death, finds largest study ever into lack of shut eye
Insomnia sufferers should rest easy as the largest ever study into the lack of sleep found it does not cause an early death.
A review of more than 36million people revealed there is no evidence struggling to nod off or waking in the night affects mortality.
But a critic argues that while the majority may be able to cope with a few sleepless nights, for some the health consequences can be devastating.
In the first review of its kind, researchers from Flinders University, Adelaide, analysed 17 studies investigating a possible link between insomnia and mortality.
The studies were carried out all over the world for an average of 11 years. Most were made up of patients who self-reported insomnia, while some were officially diagnosed.
Insomnia was defined as either being frequent – struggling to nod off on three or more nights a week – or ongoing – sleeplessness lasting more than a month.