Sleep is a very crucial part of life. It provides rest, relaxation and rejuvenation for the body and mind, and is also involved in hormone regulation, stress management, detoxification and many more vital functions for the person to be at optimal health. Whenever someone has problems with sleep quality and/or quantity, it can drastically affect many aspects of health.
Some general statistics (1):
- 1 in 7 Canadians (aged 15 and older) have insomnia (issues falling asleep or staying asleep)
- Insomnia is linked to chronic diseases, stress and many conditions with pain
- A 2002 Canadian Community Health Survey found that over 20% of Canadians with asthma, arthritis or rheumatism, back problems or diabetes reported insomnia, whereas only about 12% of those without these issues reported any sleeping issues
- Insomnia also increases with age, with about 10% of people reporting this aged 15 to 24, and almost 20% for people aged 75 or older