What's keeping the city awake at night? Melissa Fagan looks at troubling statistics
It's International Stress Awareness Week and Manchester has been ranked as the third most stressed out city in the UK, with 26% of Mancunians agreeing their sleep is regularly affected by stress.
It's certainly a modern day epidemic, with family, work or finances some of the main causes of daily stresses.
A study by Sealy UK, found that stress is one of the biggest causes of sleep deprivation, which can ultimately have a knock on effect to our mental health, mood and productivity at work.
... taking five minutes out of your day to take some deep breaths can help reduce stress.
Women are amongst the most susceptible, with 23% surveyed agreeing they are unable to regularly get a good nights sleep. Compared to only 18% of men who suffered regular sleep deprivation.
Physical pain and financial troubles are said to be the second and third reasons for being unable to count the sheep at night, but the study found 21% agreed that stress was the main factor. Leeds were ranked seventh on the list, with 22% of local people afflicted.
Chief Sleep Officer, Neil Robinson at Sealy UK commented on the study’s findings: “The effect of stress on our health and mental wellbeing are well known, so it was worrying to see our research reveal that stress is also preventing many people from getting adequate sleep as well. Not getting enough sleep can perpetuate stress and it then becomes a vicious cycle, with stress leading to sleeplessness, and lack of sleep then making us more stressed.”
In support of International Stress Awareness Week, Body Confidential have come up with some simple and easy ideas on how to reduce your usual stresses and hopefully help you sleep more soundly at night.