We’re increasingly realising just how important sleep – or the lack thereof – is to our general wellbeing.
Getting enough shut eye is vital to maintaining good mental and physical health. Suffer from broken sleep or insomnia for long enough and you’ll find various issues start to crop up, from weight gain to depression.
Poor sleepers are also at greater risk of heart disease, stroke and type II diabetes. In fact, the more you learn about how crucial sleep is and how devastating sleep deprivation can be, the more you might start to panic about your own poor sleeping habits.
We Brits are suffering from an epidemic of sleeplessness. The average adult in the UK only gets around 6.8 hours a night. That’s a full hour we’re losing every single night. And that’s before you get onto those living with chronic health conditions.
At talkhealth, we’re only too aware of how poorly many people with long-term health issues sleep.
When talking to our members, almost 60% reported that their sleep was affected by their chronic health condition every night and only 7% managed to get through the night without waking up at all.
Even more worrying is the fact that just 1.42% of people said that their health condition didn’t affect their sleep at all, with the talkhealth member getting just over five hours kip a night. So that’s over an hour less than the national average – which is already significantly below the recommended eight hours set out by the NHS and British Sleep Foundation.
In other words, Britain may be suffering from a sleep crisis but it’s those of us who live with chronic ailments who are really bearing the brunt of the disruption.
So what can we do to help?
Despite the amount of information out there regarding sleep, half of our members said that they found it difficult to find information and support from trusted sources about sleep issues. While it’s never been easier to access medical information online, it’s also never been harder to differentiate between fake news and quackery. That’s why we launched our mysleep support programme – as a way of delivering scientifically-backed, practical information on how to give yourself the best chance of having a good sleep.
The programme is broken down into 12 weeks’ worth of content. Every week, we send out a PDF or video on a new topic such as snoring, diet and exercise and children’s sleep. It’s all about accessible, actionable information that you can start putting into practice now.
Oh and every month, we have a free SilentNight or Sealy pillow to give away to anyone who signs up to the programme.
So if you’re tired of being tired, why not join us?