20% of Thais suffer from insomnia, not enough sleep

20% of Thais suffer from insomnia, not enough sleep

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Getting enough sleep is important for long-term health & a long life. For World Sleep Day learn more about insomnia that you or your loved ones may suffer from.


20% of Thais suffer from insomnia

Penchan Charoensuthipan

About 20% of Thais suffer from insomnia.

Insomnia affects body growth, healing ability and raises the chances of developing various diseases later in life, doctors say.

This startling statistic was revealed yesterday as medical experts gathered to mark World Sleep Day.

Insomnia topped a list of sleep- related abnormalities, followed by snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is when breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.

This is according to Wachira Phengchan, head the of the Public Health Ministry's Department of Health.

Complications of insomnia (Source: Wikipedia)


Insomnia is not restricted to people encountering stress as many believe, the gathering was told.

Watching TV and using smart phones late into the night can be also factors behind difficulty in sleeping.


If left untreated, insomnia will affect physical growth as well as intelligence quotient (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) development in children. 

The bodies of adults who do not get enough sleep are unable to repair deteriorated cells in the body.

"Eating healthy food alone will not be helpful" in supporting body growth and self- healing if people suffer from insomnia, Dr Wachira said.


Sleeping during what Dr Wachira called the "valuable time" from 10pm to 2am is the best period for the brain to take a full rest.

It is also when the body produces growth hormones which are essential in a child's growth and the self-healing process in adults.


Without enough sleep, which should be seven hours a day on average, people are gradually harming their hearts.

In the long term, they are more likely to develop diseases such as heart disease, coronary artery disease, stroke, high blood pressure or diabetes, experts say.


People can check whether they have insomnia by observing their sleep.

If they cannot fall asleep within 30 minutes for three consecutive days, they should see a doctor.

This is according to Arunwan Phruethiphan, chairwoman of the Sleep Society of Thailand.

Changes in lifestyles can help people cope with insomnia.

They should not drink coffee or tea two hours before sleep time.

They are also advised to refrain from eating a lot of food and doing heavy exercise before bed.

(Source: Wikipedia)




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  • abnormality (noun): things that are not normal, not the way they should be, deviant - ผิดปกติ, ผิดธรรมดา, ผิดวิสัย, ผิดแปลก, แปลก
  • according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน
  • advise: to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation - แนะนำ, แจ้ง
  • affect: to produce a change in somebody/something - กระทบ, ส่งผล, มีผลต่อ
  • apnea: when breathing stops temporarily, especially during sleep. -
  • blood pressure: the pressure at which blood flows from your heart around your body - ความดันโลหิต,ความดันของเลือดที่มีต่อผนังภายในเส้นเลือด
  • breath (noun): an amount of air that enters the lungs at one time; the air that you take into your lungs and send out again - ลมหายใจ
  • breathe: to bring air in and out of the lungs - หายใจ
  • cell (noun): the smallest unit of living matter that can exist on its own. All plants and animals are made up of cells - เซลล์, หน่วยพื้นฐานของสิ่งมีชีวิต
  • chairwoman: a woman in charge of a meeting, a committee or an organisation - ประธานที่เป็นผู้หญิง
  • chance (noun): a possibility; a likelihood; an opportunity - โอกาส
  • check: to look at something written or work that has been done and make sure it is correct - ตรวจ, ตรวจสอบ,
  • consecutive: following one after another in order and with nothing else in between - ที่ต่อเนื่องตามลำดับ
  • cope with: to deal successfully with a difficult situation or job - จัดการกับปัญหา แก้ปัญหา
  • coronary artery: either of the two arteries that supply blood to the heart - หลอดเลือดแดงใหญ่ที่หัวใจ
  • deteriorated: became worse - ทรุดโทรม, เสื่อมโทรม, เลวลง, ชำรุด
  • develop: to grow larger and become bigger -
  • development: the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc - การพัฒนา
  • diabetes: a serious medical condition in which your body does not produce enough insulin to reduce the amount of sugar in the blood - โรคเบาหวาน
  • disease (noun): a health problem and problem with a person's body, often caused by an infection, either from a bacteria or virus - โรค
  • emotional: related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - มีอารมณ์
  • encounter: to experience something, especially something unpleasant or difficult, while you are trying to do something else - เจอ, ประสบ
  • essential: necessary - ที่จำเป็น
  • exercise: physical activity such as running or weight lifting to make your body strong and healthy; physical training - การออกกำลังกาย
  • expert: someone who has a particular skill or who knows a lot about a particular subject - ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ
  • factor: a fact or situation which influences the result of something - ปัจจัย
  • gather (verb): to come/bring together in a group - รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
  • gathering: a party or a meeting when many people come together as a group - การรวมตัว, การประชุม
  • gradually: slowly and in small stages or amounts - อย่างทีละน้อย
  • growth: increasing in size or amount; getting bigger or more numerous -
  • healing: the process of becoming or making somebody/something healthy again; the process of getting better after an emotional shock - การรักษาให้หาย
  • hormone: a chemical substance produced in animals and plants that controls things such as growth and sexual development - ฮอร์โมน, สารเคมีในร่างกายที่กระตุ้นการทำงานของอวัยวะต่างๆ
  • insomnia: the condition of being unable to sleep - อาการนอนไม่หลับ 
  • intelligence: the ability to understand and think about things, and to gain and use knowledge - สติปัญญา, ความเฉลียวฉลาด,ไหวพริบ
  • IQ (noun): ‘intelligence quotient’; a measurement of a person’s intelligence that is calculated from the results of special tests - ระดับสติปัญญา
  • left: remain; to still be present after the other parts have been removed, used, etc; to continue to exist - ยังเหลืออยู่
  • lifestyle: the type of life that you have, for example the type of job or house you have or the type of activity you like doing - วิถีทางการดำเนินชีวิต, ลีลาชีวิต, รูปแบบการดำเนินชีวิต
  • mark (verb): to celebrate or officially remember an event that you consider to be important - เฉลิมฉลอง, ระลึกถึง
  • medical: connected with illness and injury and their treatment - ทางการแพทย์, ด้านการแพทย์, เกี่ยวกับการแพทย์
  • observe: to watch or study someone or something with care - สังเกตการณ์
  • obstructive: blocking an opening, a road, an entrance, etc - สิ่งกีดขวาง
  • on average: calculated by adding several amounts together, finding a total, and dividing the total by the number of amounts - โดยเฉลี่ย
  • physical: connected with a person's body - เกี่ยวกับร่างกาย
  • Public Health Ministry (noun): the ministry that oversees and carries out the government national health policy - กระทรวงสาธารณสุข
  • refrain: to stop yourself from doing something - ระงับ เลิก
  • related (adj): connected with something/somebody; referring to something/somebody - เชื่อมโยงกับ
  • repair: to fix something that is broken or damaged - ซ่อมบำรุง
  • repeatedly: happening, said or done many times - อย่างซ้ำๆ
  • restricted: limited or controlled - ซึ่งถูกยับยั้ง, ซึ่งถูกควบคุม
  • reveal: to let something become known - เปิดเผย
  • self-: does it to them self, not others -
  • snore: to breathe noisily through your nose and mouth while you are asleep - กรน
  • society (noun): a group of people who join together for a particular purpose - สมาคม
  • startling: to make people suddenly very surprised in a way that slightly shocks or frightens them - ผวา, ขวัญหาย
  • statistics: a collection of information shown in numbers - วิชาสถิติ
  • stress: mental pressure or worry - ความตึงเครียด
  • stroke: a medical condition is which the blood flow is suddenly stopped and cannot reach the brain - อาการเส้นโลหิตในสมองแตกอย่างเฉียบพลัน
  • suffer: to be badly affected by a very difficult or unpleasant situation - ประสบความลำบาก
  • support: to give help, encouragement or sympathy to somebody - สนับสนุน, เป็นกำลังใจ
  • untreated (adj): not providing medical care - ไม่ได้รับการดูแลทางการแพทย์
  • valuable: very useful or important - มีความหมาย, สำคัญ, มีราคา
  • various: several different - หลากหลาย, ซึ่งแตกต่างกัน
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