I caught some of an interesting interview on the radio on the way to work this morning with Dr Guy Meadows, who runs the Sleep School (www.sleepschool.org). As a chronic insomniac for the past 10 years I found this very interesting.
Insomnia is awful – it can be bad for your physical and mental health, not to mention your relationships. Lack of sleep makes you grumpy and affects your performance at work, how you deal with stress and has a negative impact on pretty well every aspect of your life.
And it is so common! In 2011 the Guardian reported that the Great British Sleep Survey found 51% of Brits were struggling to get enough sleep.
i have tried pretty much everything I can think of. Yoga helps but hasn’t cured me. I have done the long wind down before bed, hot milky drinks before bed, warm baths, aromatherapy, reiki and reflexology. In recent years I have pretty much given up and if I can’t sleep I take a pill; I need to be able to function during the day. However, I am uncomfortably aware of the potential long term side effects of these and I would love to just go to bed and sleep!
Dr Meadows has a book out, the Sleep Book. I think it may be time to invest!