Poor sleepers may be more prone to a common eye condition that can impact people’s sight.
Sleeping badly can affect judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury.
Glaucoma is a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged.
The internal pressure of the eye, is a key factor in the development of glaucoma.
It rises when a person is lying down and when sleep hormones are out of kilter, which occurs in insomnia.
Depression and anxiety, which often go hand in hand with insomnia, may also increase the internal eye pressure.
The condition can lead to loss of vision if it’s not diagnosed and treated early enough.
Research published in the journal BMJ Open, found people at higher risk of glaucoma should be offered ‘sleep interventions’.
While it can affect people of any age, it is more common among people in their 70s and 80s.
Data from more than 400 thousand people found snoring and daytime sleepiness led to an 11 per cent increase in glaucoma.
While insomnia, or sleeping too little or too much, increased peoples’ risk by 13 per cent.