Scientists have been telling us how much sleep we need for a while now. Depending on which research you read, the average figure quoted for adults is eight hours a night. But the reality is: most people aren’t getting that, and don’t sleep for that long.
According to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) at least 4 in 10 people aren’t getting enough sleep, with the Sleep Health Foundation suggesting 1 in 3 people suffer with insomnia – trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It’s the second most common health complaint after pain. The “average” Briton gets around six hours sleep a night according to this article in the Independent. Sunday was revealed as the day people get their worst night’s sleep.
And it’s not just a British problem. According to some reports (scrutinised by the NHS) sleep is an issue around the world.
This is one of the reasons I wrote Answers in the Dark: Grief, Sleep and How Your Dreams Can Help You Heal. In the book, I explore some of the big myths of sleep, offer a Sleep Cycle Repair Kit including mindfulness activities, and some top tips to help you decode your dreams. It’s available to order on Amazon.
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