Are you getting enough sleep?

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A survey, conducted by YouGov,  polled 4,100 British adults and found that a whopping 46 per cent of women often found it difficult to sleep – compared with 36 per cent of men.

Not only that, but women were more likely to wake during the night and six in 10 admitted to becoming irritable during the day because of fatigue.

Sleep apnoea can be a cause of a bad night’s sleep. The condition causes snoring and dangerous pauses in breathing,  and the menopause can increase a woman’s risk of suffering from the disorder.

In more serious cases, when left untreated, the condition can cause heart attacks and strokes. Symptoms other than insomnia include snoring, restless legs, fatigue, headaches, depression and muscle pain.

Bill Johnston, chairman of the Sleep Apnoea Trust Association, which commissioned the study, said:

“The overall lack of awareness around sleep apnoea symptoms and its impact on a person’s health may mean that many are suffering in silence so it is important that we work with healthcare professionals to uncover this missing group and help minimise the impact of sleep problems on their lives.”

How well do you sleep?  Do you wake up regularly in the night unable to get back to sleep easily?  Do you find it difficult to get to sleep?  Does your sleep pattern cause you concern? Do you take any medication to help you sleep? Or do you sleep like a baby?

Are you getting enough sleep?

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14th Feb 2016
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I always sleep well unless I have a lot of coffee late at night
12th Feb 2016
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would dearly love to be able to "sleep through " the night , I sleep on and off during the night , its quite exhausting . Never ever sleep right through the night . I am on sleeping tablets and have been for years , they at least give me a few hours, here and there , there are some nights its a waste of time getting into bed at all , as I lie awake the full hours of the night. Tried everything , keep cool, keep warm , bedroom "blacked out " no digital lights on .... what more can I do ? I always feel tired in the morning , before the day begins.
18th Mar 2016
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Looks like you have become immune to the tablets, Dump them and try yoga
6th Feb 2016
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I would love to be able to sleep through the night and not wake up for the day before 5 a.m. I am chronically fatigued and know I'm not alone. My husband sleeps until at least 8 a.m. and then has a daily nap.
2nd Feb 2016
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l find it easy to doze off during the day, even in the most uncomfortable positions,so really I shouldn't complain , but its so easy to sleep during the day and so hard to sleep at night. Of course if I could refrain from day dozing no doubt I would be tired come bed time, but I'm really overcome by tiredness during the day and I cant resist a nap, although I always feel as if ive been doped when I 'come round'. Anyone out there with the same symptoms or maybe suggested remedies ?
31st Jan 2016
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Since I retired I sleep like a log.
31st Jan 2016
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I used to have real problems sleeping due to arthritis pain in my hands. I now take Amitriptyline 20 mgs at night before bed. This was originally devised as an anti-depressant but has been found to be very effective for controlling nerve pain. I would urge anyone suffering chronic pain to speak to their GP about it. I have two friends who take it for none arthritis pain and have found it just as effective.
30th Jan 2016
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I get to sleep ok but always wake up in the wee hours then find it hard to get back to sleep
29th Jan 2016
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3 years ago, after a serious op, I had to have a career 3 times a day. Unfortunately someone was able to access the key safe, outside, by my front door, and copied my key. For some time I wondered why I woke every night around 3-30am. Some time later, I woke to see my hall light on. After a few seconds it went off and I heRd my front door close. I still had major problems with mobility, and couldn't get out of bed. When the career arrived to get me up, we found many disturbing things. The hardest things we discovered, was that all the jewellery that my late husband had bought for me, had been stolen, along with everything of value I had. I'm stilt devastated.
29th Jan 2016
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I don't so much sleep as fall into a coma for the night, I will wake up once to take a nocturnal perambulation to the bathroom, then it's back to keep warm next to my dear wife and continue the slumbers
john stewart
29th Jan 2016
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i dont sleep alot. But not complaining. manage my life around it
27th Jan 2016
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Its vital to get enough sleep. It has always been a mantra to get 8 hours good sleep and I have been reading medical reports lately that reenforce that good advice. Its just not possible to go with say just 4-5 hours sleep. The body is designed to have a good sleep...look at animals. Many of them sleep a lot
27th Jan 2016
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No I sleep terribly. As I am getting older I find I need less sleep but I get very tied towards the end of the day. i also find if I only sleep one night a few hours then all next day I am shattered.
27th Jan 2016
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I do not sleep well but spend far too much time in bed as my wife is addicted to sleep !
27th Jan 2016
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I sleep incredibly well I am pleased to say. I go to bed c midnight and wake up at 7 each day to go and take the dogs for a walk. Most of the time feel this is enough sleep for me . At weekends sleep into 8

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