Pushing back sleep ‘can affect health’

Going to bed later in order to work harder could lead to health and mood problems

Going to bed later in order to work harder could lead to health and mood problems

Individuals are pushing back their bedtimes in order to squeeze in more work, it has been claimed.

In a new article, the Seattle Times warns that “our disrespect for sleep has become a national epidemic”, with people risking their health by failing to get enough rest on mattresses.

It suggests that giving up on sleep in order to spend more time on projects could be counter-productive as it can lead to problems such as moodiness, depression, greater chance of injury, putting on weight and increased susceptibility to illness.

However, director of the Sloan Work and Family Research Network at Boston College Judith Casey advised: “There’s an endless amount of things you can be doing. You have to realise you can’t do everything. You need to sleep.”

A recent study by experts from the George Institute for Global Health in Australia indicated that young adults could place themselves at greater risk of developing mental health problems by failing to get enough shut-eye.

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