We are a nation of troubled sleepers with one in four of us reporting dissatisfaction with our sleeping patterns, and one in 10 suffering from a diagnosed sleeping disorder.
The nation-wide preoccupation with insomnia is, according to experts, becoming a problem in itself. After all, the biggest enemy of sleep is worrying about not getting enough of it – launching the sufferer into a vicious and inescapable cycle.
A staggering 10 million sleeping pill prescriptions were handed out last year.With safe and effective treatments such as CBT and hypnotherapy available here and at our sister site Therapy Directory, experts believe sleeping pills, with their often severe side-effects, could soon become a thing of the past.
Chronic insomniacs can find the loss of sleep crippling, with an increased risk of depression, anxiety and a double incidence of heart failure and diabetes.
Insomnia is just as damaging to the economy, with work absenteeism and loss in productivity becoming a great social burden.
Extreme fatigue can also cause tragic accidents. It is the main cause of traffic accidents and has been blamed for the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor breakdown, the Chernobyl disaster and the Challenger space shuttle accident.
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