Research by sleep expert Professor Colin Espie, from the University of Glasgow, found that 51 per cent of adults in the UK are failing to either get to sleep or stay slumbering throughout the night and the nation's wellbeing is affected as a result.
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In the largest study of Britons' sleep patterns, Prof Espie collated interviews with 12,000 adults. The results of his research show that trouble sleeping is having a very real effect on mood, energy, work life and relationships.
Women were the worst affected, with 75 per cent reporting sleep problems compared to 25 per cent of men.
After a poor night's sleep, 55 per cent said of those questioned reported relationship woes as a result, 77 per cent felt their concentration had been affected and 64 per cent believed their work had suffered.
Unsurprisingly, 93 per cent were in need of an energy boost and 83 per cent became moody and irritable.
Prof. Espie, who suggested the NHS should provide better treatment for the sleep deprived, told the Daily Mail, "Insomnia affects people's quality of life during the day, not just their sleep at night. Living with poor sleep and its consequences is not only very common, but it is in all likelihood degrading Britain's health."
He added, "This is not a trivial matter. Persistent poor sleep elevates the risk of developing new illnesses. This has been shown in disorders such as diabetes, but also very convincingly in depression."
A separate survey, commissioned by furniture retailer IKEA, suggested a possible reason for our sleepless nights - of the 3,000 adults quizzed about their sleep habits, 57 per cent said they were kept awake by work or money worries.
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