Can’t sleep at night? Kicking the butt may help

  • PTI, Washington
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  • Updated: Sep 21, 2013 01:15 IST

Here is another reason to quit smoking - it can help you sleep better at night.

In a new study, researchers found that for each cigarette smoked total sleep time decreased by 1.2 minutes.

Smoking is a leading cause of preventable death and while the numerous health problems directly caused by smoking are well documented, less is known about the effects of smoking on sleep.

The study by University of Florida and Research Triangle Park is the first to look at sleep difficulty by smoking status in a large population-based, nationally representative sample.

They found that 11.9% of current smokers have trouble falling asleep, 10.6% wake in the night and 9.5% wake too early in the morning.

The figures for non-smokers were much lower and significantly the study found that those who had given up smoking saw improvements in their sleep.

The new research suggests that smokers may be more susceptible to the illnesses associated with poor sleep along with the more commonly recognised health problems associated with smoking such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

 

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