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Will you really gain an extra hour's sleep?

October 24, 2008

But will you really gain an extra hour's sleep?

The clocks may be going back an hour but many people won't gain another hour's kip, according to The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (BSSAA - And the reason? More than 80 different sleep problems are listed in medical textbooks, ranging from the inability to get to sleep (insomnia) to the inability to stay awake (narcolepsy). Many sleep problems are temporary and resolve quickly, while long-term sleep problems can be a symptom of other medical or psychological conditions.

Marianne Davey of BSAAA comments: "Most of us will suffer a sleep disorder at some time but often sleep problems remain undiagnosed. Lack of sleep can make us physically unwell and stressed. Scientists believe that sleep deprivation contributes to heart disease, premature ageing and traffic accidents."

Insomnia, snoring and sleep bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) are the commonest sleep disorders. A whopping 95% of us have experienced insomnia, the UK has 15 million snorers and 10% of the population suffer sleep bruxism.

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