Lack of sleep 'can cause further health problems'

Over 50s looking to reduce their risk of serious health problems such as heart disease should be aware of the importance of sufficient sleep, according to new research.

A study by the University of Warwick has revealed that people who regularly get less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a day are more likely to demonstrate symptoms related to cardiovascular disease.

Women were shown to be more adversely affected by men, with those sleeping between five and seven hours showing high levels of heart disease markers such as interleukin-6 and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein.

Marianne Davey, director and co-founder of the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association, stated that sleep deprivation is also a key cause of headaches and psycho-social problems.

She said: "We feel pretty groggy the next day, we perhaps don't function very well, we have headaches, we are bad tempered [and] we can't think properly."

Ms Davey added that getting between seven and eight hours of sleep a night will have a positive impact on health.

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