Probabilities of insomnia and daytime fatigue are higher in homeless individuals: Study

Sleep plays a pivotal role in ensuring good health. But some people are unfortunate enough to not have such sound and quality sleep. A recently held study has come up with some interesting but true facts about the people staying in streets or lacks any permanent residential addresses. According to a new research done by the researchers of Paris Descartes University, homeless people, who live on streets and short-staying shelters, are more prone to the diseases associated with sleeplessnesses like insomnia and daytime fatigue.

The study highlights that homeless people, living on the road or temporary shelters, short-term social services paid lodges or any other temporary venues are more prone to the issues like sleeplessness and daytime fatigue. Such people are more likely to suffer from disorders like insomnia and daytime fatigue.

Researchers from Paris Descartes University in France took 3,453 homeless people into account while conducting the survey. The analysts choose only those people who met the eligibility criteria of a homeless person in the cities of French cities. Among those chosen 3, 453 participants, most of the people were men with the average age of 40. All of them were living on the roads, short-range shelters, small social services-compensated hotels and other short-term facilities with their children.

All of the participants were asked to take part in a question-answer test, following which, the researcher found that the homeless individuals used to has less than four hours of total sleep. Moreover, it also demonstrated that 41% of all the participants were suffering from insomnia. The research report also showed that 33% of the homeless people had the problem of daytime fatigue, while 25% of them were frequently taking the drug for getting better sleep.

The study published online in ‘JAMA Internal Medicine’ suggested that more attention should be paid to improving their sleep timing of this helpless populace.

On this matter, the lead researcher of the study, Damien Léger, MD, Ph.D., of Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu in Paris said, “We believe that the improved attention to this sleepless vulnerable group will help them to live a quality life. And this attention can be given by controlling noises on the roads, deeming the streetlights, heating, and air conditioning during the night time. Moreover, the study also suggests people address the problem of personal security for promoting better sleep among the homeless people.”

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