I just finished reading a summary of the latest Great British Sleep Report.
It would seem that in the UK, the average person now gets less than 7 hours of sleep each night. A third of those surveyed get only 5 to 6 hours.
Stress or worry keeps nearly half of Brits awake at night, close to 8 million have tried drinking alcohol to help them fall asleep and almost 7 million self-medicate with over the counter sleeping pills.
When I read reports like this I wonder whether insomnia is becoming the new normal. As we continue to see ever-increasing rates of sleeplessness and sleep disturbance will we soon get to the stage where more than half of the population struggle with sleep (something that should come naturally and be unremarkable)?
Let's hope not - but the trend appears to be telling a different story.
Source: Sleep Council
Last updated: April 22, 2013