Insomnia is now recognised as a significant public health issue and recent estimates suggest that one in three UK adults find it difficult to fall asleep or to stay asleep, whilst around half of these cases sleep so badly that they experience problems functioning the next day.
One of the most common problems I encounter with clients is poor quality sleep. Either they have difficulty in getting to sleep or wake in the night or too early or are just not getting a satisfying refreshing sleep.
Seriously, Mr Cameron, can this be a law? I'm sure a siesta Bill can be passed. Let's look at the benefits for a moment: power naps = more productive brain activity, it makes us happier, healthier, reduces stress, which in turn is good for our cardiovascular systems - less strain on the NHS.
When I wrote Relax In A Minute, the chapter people asked about more than any other was the one on sleep. I was surprised at just how many people struggle with dropping off and sleeping deeply. So is it possible that eating fruit before bed could possibly help?
If mothers don't get enough sleep or their sleep is continually broken they will suffer from sleep deprivation. This will have a major impact on cognitive functioning but also on emotional and physical health not the optimal position to be in when caring for young children.