Chronic and long term health problems are seriously eroding the nation’s sleep.

According to the most extensive research project ever undertaken by The Sleep Council,  nearly two thirds (63%) of all Briton’s suffer from one or more of the following health issues at some point in their lives: depression, epilepsy, stress, anxiety, eczema, back pain, insomnia, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart, disease, obesity, asthma, diabetes and heart problems.

“These are all conditions which can seriously affect sleep – both the quantity and the quality of it”, said Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council.

Some 51% of the 5,000 people questioned for The Sleep Council’s Great British Bedtime Report* had turned to some form of solution or remedy to help them sleep.

The most common steps taken included taking medication or listening to music (both 17%) and drinking alcohol (16%). 14% of those questioned sought help from over-the-counter remedies while just 10% consulted their GP/health visitor.

Said Lisa: “Some of those who sought help turned to more natural, alternative or self-help solutions – from meditation and homeopathy to sleep advice lines and sleep clinics to cognitive behavioural therapy courses.

“We would also suggest that anyone with health issues who is currently sleeping on an old or uncomfortable bed could really benefit from replacing it with a comfortable and supportive new one. Experience suggests this can significantly improve their sleep.”

*The research for The Sleep Council was carried out online by Opinion Matters between 02/01/2013 and 23/01/2013 amongst a panel resulting in 5007 respondents (UK adults). All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines. Opinion Matters is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act (1998).

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