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Jakarta Post

Sleepless in Indonesia

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 13 2018   /  12:12 am

Many Indonesians might not realize that sleeping disorders and mental health are intertwined.

Triggered by hectic, unhealthy lifestyles, life pressures and excessive use of computers and mobile phones, insomnia was common in modern societies, experts at a recent forum argued.

“Stress and depression can cause trouble sleeping, while a lack of sleep also makes people more mentally vulnerable and emotionally reactive,” clinical psychologist Aurora Lumbantoruan said on Monday during a discussion to commemorate World Sleep Day, which falls on March 16.

“People who suffer from insomnia have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Some insomniacs also fall asleep without the restorative quality, meaning they still feel tired and sleepy even after a long sleep,” she said.

Some 28 million Indonesians, roughly 10 percent of the population, face trouble falling...