Middle-aged advised to get to bed more
Lack of sleep is blamed on shift work, and night shifts in particular, and the use of smart phones and laptops in bed. Working on a computer at or shortly before bedtime is particularly bad for you as your melatonin levels are reduced. Melatonin is a hormone that indices sleepiness.
Research at Surrey University has shown that more than 700 genes – including those linked to immunity and inflammation – are altered when your sleep is reduced to less than six hours a day.
Middle-aged people are believed to particularly at risk because of increased work and family demands.
However Professor Jim Horne who established the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University is not convinced that there would be…
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