18th September – Rutland Times – Does anyone actually manage a blissful eight hours?

The Great British Sleep Survey’s results, published in 2012, revealed that more than 51% of Brits struggle to get a decent night’s sleep, and it’s hitting us hard. In 2011, 15.3 million NHS prescriptions were issued for sleeping pills, and research suggests that long-term bad sleep can damage health, while in the short-term, our immune systems suffer and it leaves us zapped, irritable and unable to concentrate.

Often bad sleepers are trapped in a worry cycle. “The anxiety of thinking you’ll not be able to sleep is one of the things that feeds the problem,” says Dr Nerina Ramlakahn, a sleep consultant at Nightingale Hospital and Silentnight’s resident sleep expert…

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