27/01/2011 10:10 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Only One In Three Brits Gets A Good Night's Sleep

Did you get a full eight hours' sleep last night? If you did, think yourself one of the fortunate ones. At least that's what a new major survey carried out for the Mental Health Foundation suggests.

woman-asleep-in-bed-insomnia Only one in three people regularly get a good night's sleep. Photo: Getty

The survey, allegedly the largest ever survey of the nation's sleeping habits, claims almost two-thirds of people in this country suffer from some sort of sleep problem, whether that's insomnia, sleep apnoea or even teeth grinding.

And while you may think that's not such a huge deal, you'd be wrong, since sleep problems are linked with all sorts of health issues from heart disease and diabetes to depression anxiety and bipolar disorder, claims the charity.

To come up with an idea of the extent to which sleep problems affect us on a day-to-day basis, the survey quizzed more than 5,000 people, 74 claiming they find it difficult to concentrate during the day. Bad sleepers are also three times as likely to struggle at work and to get things done in their daily lives.

Isn't it about time sleep problems were taken more seriously? If you suffer from poor sleep, how does it affect you?

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