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Impact of Sleep Disruption on the Lives of People in Connacht Revealed in New Research

Added: 17/08/15 : 11:44:58

More than 8 out of 10 people in Connacht (81%) who regularly wake to use the bathroom say it negatively influences their overall mood, and 3 in 5 Connacht sufferers (60%) admit their work performance is affected. That’s according to new research, which was published today to mark the launch of a campaign to raise awareness of Nocturia, a condition that causes sufferers to wake during the night to urinate.

The impact on other aspects of day-to-day life was further highlighted as 78% people in Connacht say their concentration levels drop due to regular sleep disruption, while 55% say their condition has a negative impact on their exercise regime. Half (50%) say it has also affected their social life while over one fifth (21%) are more likely to drink caffeine drinks for energy the day after a disturbed sleep.

Commenting on the research, Dr Declan Keane, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin said, “Adults who are affected by Nocturia are unable to achieve continuous sleep and cannot feel rested the following day. Tiredness and irritability can have a huge effect on an adult’s ability to concentrate and perform everyday tasks, and as this research shows, sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on all aspects of people’s lives, including their mood and work performance.”

“When sleep patterns are disturbed, sleep quality diminishes and this continuous lack of quality sleep can lead to other health problems. As the research shows tiredness can lead to drinking more caffeinated drinks and exercising less which also has implications for health. This awareness campaign aims to encourage people in Connacht and around the country to speak to their GP if they feel they may suffer from Nocturia as it can be easily diagnosed and treated effectively.”

Nocturia is a condition that causes sufferers to wake during the night to urinate, and in severe cases sufferers wake several times a night, every night. Of those surveyed in Connacht, 57% wake every night, 36% wake most nights and 52% of sufferers wake more than twice per night to urinate. The difficult condition affects men and women at any age, but it becomes more common as people grow older. There are several different causes for this condition including nocturnal polyuria (overproduction of urine at night); overactive bladder; enlarged bladder; weakened bladder; and other health issues such as cystitis and diabetes.

The most common methods that people in Connacht have used to manage their condition include going to the bathroom before bedtime (62%); restricting drinks late in the evening (41%); and cutting down on the consumption of tea and coffee (40%).

A dedicated website for people with Nocturia - - has helpful tips and advice for dealing with this common condition.

This campaign is kindly supported by Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

Benefits of Exercise

Added: 17/08/15 : 11:51:55

Why exercise can't be beaten.

There are loads of reasons to get outside and get active. Here are just some of the benefits:

    Better health
    Improved fitness
    Better posture and balance
    Better self-esteem and self-confidence
    Weight control
    Stronger muscles and bones
    Feeling more energetic
    Relaxation and better sleep
    Continued independent living in later life
    Helps prevent diabetes
    Helps keep your cholesterol levels healthy
    Reduces depression and anxiety
    Provides social outlets

 Improves the quality of your life
Exercising every day will give you more energy to do the activities you enjoy. You can add life to your years, as well as years to your life.

Reduces the risk of heart disease

Experts have found that non-exercisers have twice the risk of developing heart disease than individuals who exercise aerobically on a regular basis.

Relieves depression
Exercise can be nature's best tranquilliser. Researchers have found that mildly to moderately depressed individuals who engage in aerobic exercise 15 to 30 minutes a day typically experience a positive mood within just 10 days!

Prevents certain types of cancer

Studies have found that men and women who exercise are less likely to get colon cancer. Research has also suggested that women who do not exercise have more than two and a half times the risk of developing cancer of the reproductive system and almost twice the chance of getting breast cancer.

Increases the good (HDL) cholesterol
Exercise is one of the few voluntary activities that is effective in raising your level of HDL- the type of cholesterol that lowers your risk of heart disease.

Enhances self-image

Research has proven that individuals who exercise regularly feel better about themselves than sedentary individuals.

Relieves stress and anxiety
Exercise gets rid of those hormones and other chemical that build up during periods of high stress. Regular exercise helps the body and mind to relax and in turn reduces stress.

Improves mental sharpness

Numerous studies have shown that individuals who exercise regularly have better memories, better reaction times and better level of concentration than non-exercisers.

Content thanks to YouthHealthNE authors.