Majority have trouble falling asleep

November 14th, 2011 - 4:56 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Nov 14 (IANS) A British study has found that over 50 percent of people have trouble falling asleep, which may prove quite detrimental for their health.

Some 51 percent of adults struggle to nod off or remain asleep. Women suffer far more than men, with 75 percent reporting problems compared to 25 percent of men, the Daily Mail reports.

Sleep expert Colin Espie, professor at the University of Glasgow and co-founder of the organisation Sleepio, has collated interviews with 12,000 adults in Britain’s largest study of sleep patterns.

“Insomnia affects people’s quality of life during the day, not just their sleep at night. Living with poor sleep and its consequences is not only very common, but it is in all likelihood degrading Britain’s health.”

The survey found that 55 percent of adults reported relationship difficulties as a result, it affected the concentration of 77 percent, 64 percent said they were less productive at work, 83 percent had mood problems and 93 percent lacked energy.

Espie said a quarter of those with insomnia suffered for more than 11 years. Another survey of 3,000 adults found that 70 percent of people believe they don’t get enough sleep and 57 percent lie awake at night worried about work or money.

The result is that one in 10 check work e-mails, six percent wake up their partner if they can’t sleep, 26 percent listen to soothing music and 18 percent believe having sex helps.

It also discovered that one in 10 adults go to bed with a teddy bear.

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