Melbourne: Suffering from insomnia? Men,it`s high time that you consult a good doctor, for a new studysays that it can lead to depression as one ages. Researchers at the University of Western Australiahave found that men who have difficulty falling asleep are atgreater risk of depression than those who nod off easily, the`Journal of Affective Disorders` reported. In fact, the study found that difficulty in fallingasleep doubles the risk of depression in older men. Sleep complaints are common in later life with nearly50 per cent of people older than 65 years reporting troublefalling or remaining asleep.
The study found that of the 5,127 men taking part, 60per cent complained of poor sleep. Eighteen per cent of thesereported difficulty in falling asleep, 10 per cent remainedawake and 72 per cent reported early morning awakening. For the study, participants were randomly selectedfrom the electoral roll. Between 1996 and 1999, 12,203 of themen aged 65 years and older attended a clinic and completed aquestionnaire, providing a range of demographic and riskfactor data. Approximately five years later, 10,940 survivingmen were invited to a follow-up study. Between 2001 and 2004,5,585 men completed a second questionnaire, and 4,263 of theseattended a clinic. "The study included only men," Prof Almeida said,"though it is very likely that women will experience the samesleep disturbances, however further studies will be needed toconfirm this." PTI