“Sleep is the single most important health behaviour we have," says Professor Russell Foster, chair of Circadian Neuroscience and head of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford.
"It affects everything from our day-to-day functioning to our long-term physical and mental health."
But, despite this knowledge, many of us are encountering more and more sleep problems. From being glued to your iPhone screen until to early hours to denying yourself those crucial seven-to-eight hours because of a busy work schedule, we're fast becoming an exhausted nation.
It may come as no surprise then, that there are now more than 80 recognised sleep disorders. Yikes.
From sexomnia (where people engage in sexual activity while asleep) to sleep paralysis (where people are temporarily unable to move) here are some weird and wonderful sleep disorders from mybedframes.co.uk.
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