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4 Oct, 2011

How sleep can save your life – The Independent

Sleeping well is vital for physical, mental and emotional health. But there has been a gradual reduction in the average amount of sleep people take, with research showing that at any one time, one person in five feels unusually tired and one in ten has prolonged fatigue.

“Sleep is nature’s way of providing us with rest, recovery and energy. There is nothing else that does the same thing,” says Professor Colin Espie, director of Glasgow University’s sleep centre. “But too many of us treat sleep like a commodity. We disrespect it – even treat it as a nuisance that gets in the way of waking hours.” Others are victims of sleep conditions such as insomnia. Having a good night’s sleep has never been more important.

via How sleep can save your life – Features, Health & Families – The Independent.