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Global 'sleeplessness epidemic' affects an estimated 150 million in developing world
Date:8/1/2012

of the manuscript at Warwick Medical School and colleague Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala performed the analyses.

Dr Stranges said: "Our research shows the levels of sleep problems in the developing world are far higher than previously thought.

"This is particularly concerning as many low-income countries are facing a double burden of disease with pressure on scarce financial resources coming from infectious diseases like HIV, but also from a growing rate of chronic diseases like cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

"This new study suggests sleep disturbances might also represent a significant and unrecognised public health issue among older people, especially women, in low-income settings.

"Also it seems that sleep problems are not linked to urbanisation as the people surveyed were mostly living in rural settings.

"We might expect even higher figures for people living in urban areas."

One of the most striking elements of the analysis was the differences between countries analysed.

Bangladesh had the highest prevalence of sleep problems among the countries analysed with a 43.9 per cent rate for women more than twice the rate of developed countries and far higher than the 23.6 per cent seen in men.

Bangladesh also saw very high patterns of anxiety and depression.

Vietnam too had very high rates of sleep problems 37.6 per cent for women and 28.5 per cent for men.

Meanwhile in African countries, Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana saw rates of between 8.3 per cent and 12.7 per cent.

However South Africa had double the rate of the other African countries 31.3 per cent for women and 27.2 per cent for men.

India and Indonesia both had very low prevalence of sleep issues 6.5 per cent for Indian women and 4.3 per cent for Indian men.

Indonesian men reported rates of sleep problems of 3.9 per cent and women had rates of 4.6 per cent.


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Contact: Anna Blackaby
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44-024-765-75910
University of Warwick
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