Power cuts lead to sleep-related disorders in Pakistan

June 21st, 2012 - 11:09 am ICT by IANS  

Benazir Bhutto Islamabad, June 21 (IANS) Long hours of electricity cuts, particularly at night, has led to an increase of sleep-related medical and psychiatric disorders among the Pakistani people, health experts have said.

Medical experts say sleeplessness causes a number of complications even among healthy people, the News International daily reported.

Lack of sleep may cause serious complications like stomach problems, hypertension and heart disease. People may also face stress-related physical and mental disorders, experts said.

Residents of the capital are facing at least four hours of power outage at night since the past two weeks.

“Sleeplessness may deteriorate health of a normal person within a month,” a doctor named Sohail Tariq told the daily.

Getting no proper rest at night also highly affects the recovery of a chronic patient, he said.

Many patients have also reported increasing levels of stress, anger and aggression, said Farid Aslam Minhas, head of the Institute of Psychiatry and WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, Research and Training at the Benazir Bhutto Hospital in Rawalpindi.

He said sleepless nights also lessen people’s productivity at work.

The level of tolerance among the population is also decreasing consistently, and needs immediate attention, Minhas said.

He said this has also led to youths participating in destructive activities and inhumane acts like burning of vehicles, trains and buildings without thinking they may contain children and women.

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