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Do you get enough sleep?

The government is to launch a campaign to try and persuade middle aged people to sleep more as the latest research indicates that a lack of sleep can be linked to diseases such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Another study in 2013 which was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology showed that having at least seven or more hours sleep provided benefits towards a more healthy lifestyle.

The modern lifestyle of staying up late and getting up early is a ‘ticking time bomb for our health’, according to researchers.

Public Health England is planning to encourage adults between the ages of 40 and 60 to spend more time in bed as part of a wide-ranging campaign to boost the nation’s health.

How is your sleep pattern? Do you get enough sleep? Are you sleeping more or less than you did when you were younger?

How much sleep do you have on average?

621 people have already voted, what's your opinion? More then 6 hours each night Less than 6 hours each night

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HJR58
25th Aug 2015
1
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Sleep much better since I semi retired and had my hip replacement! Don't fret about work any more and no pain, happy days!
Gillymac
15th Aug 2015
0
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This is not by choice, it's due to nocturnal neighbours.
keirdavid
15th Aug 2015
1
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Just never been able to sleep well since retirement, know matter how busy a day i've had.
AnnaL
14th Aug 2015
1
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Very broken sleep lately. For some reason I am getting a lot of cramps - mainly in the feet and ankles.
The only way to relieve them is to get out of bed and stand. Such a nuisance.
Richard McMillan
14th Aug 2015
2
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Drink a glass of water before you go to bed.
AnnaL
14th Aug 2015
1
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Thanks Richard, have tried that - and taken Quinine tablets from the Doc, but still they come!!!
Shemadee
3rd Sep 2015
1
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Eating a banana helps me to keep cramp at bay! Soon notice if I forget!
AnnaL
3rd Sep 2015
0
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Thanks Shemadee, I do eat bananas but not every day.
I will try it now though and hope it helps.
Anna
bertieostrich
14th Aug 2015
1
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i work 12 hour night shifts so really i mostly sleep during the day. I can get to sleep easily enough but if I wake up then I might as well get up. Thanks mainly to barking dogs, builders noises, lawn mowers and several other regular daytime noises I very rarely sleep more than 3 hours. When I am off work on my nights off I sleep really well courtesy of a few beverages and a nightcap brandy.
Wilf
14th Aug 2015
0
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years ago I worked night shifts. the worse was 21 nights in a row-never forgotten it I was shattered at the end of it. I agree I never used to get a really good nights sleep in the day. I was living at my parents house but even though everyone was quiet I got woken up by cars horns, dogs barking etc. Find night work very exhausting.
Hawke008
14th Aug 2015
0
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Wonder what government backed drug company marketing sleeping pills thought this one up???
Susiella
14th Aug 2015
0
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Finding it difficult to develop a routine following recent retirement
NannyNicol
14th Aug 2015
0
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I would love to get 8 hours sleep a night, but being the sole carer for my husband (who needs attention 2-3 times a night) I generally have my 6 hours of sleep in 1 1/2 hour batches.
Soozie63
14th Aug 2015
0
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I generally get about 8 hrs unless my knees are playing me up!
Wilf
14th Aug 2015
0
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I think 8 hours sleep is perfect. Any less and I feel tied the next day
Jaxkc
14th Aug 2015
0
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I have found that if I go to bed too early I don't sleep. So I stay up later and fall asleep around midnight. Perfect as I wake up at about 8 a.m..
PamelaA
14th Aug 2015
2
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Very erratic sleep patterns.
Sometimes fall asleep quickly, but wake a couple of hours later
and have difficulty in getting back to sleep.
Other times have difficulty settling at all and doze and wake for
hours.
AnnaL
14th Aug 2015
1
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Pamela, you could be describing my sleep pattern exactly. It can be very frustrating.
lynnejago
15th Aug 2015
0
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Lynda052
14th Aug 2015
1
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My sleep tends to be very broken, my husband thinks I stop breathing during heavy sleep, I always wake exhausted instead of refreshed.
Shemadee
3rd Sep 2015
0
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Have you asked for a referral to a sleep clinic? My daughter stopped breathing about 14 times an hour and now has a CPAP mask to wear at night. Takes some getting used to but she feels so much better now.
dollypr
13th Aug 2015
1
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I have always needed my sleep and things haven't changed since I retired, I still need and thankfully get around 8 hours.
Baxi
13th Aug 2015
1
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I have always woken up after about 4 hours sleep. I found out that we sleep in four hour cycles. I just read a bit or make a list or something and then I drop off again.
Wendywoo5
11th Aug 2015
3
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I am menopausal and get so hot at night, this doesn't help with sleeping! When I wake I have a tune running through my head and this then stops me going back to sleep!!
HJR58
11th Aug 2015
1
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I have arthritis which has been painful at night, however new medication is helping.
Athena
11th Aug 2015
1
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I suffer some fibromyalgia & I find it difficult to get more than 6 hours sleep because of the pain I get throughout my body. I do some relaxation exercises before going to sleep & usually have no trouble falling asleep but I wake up at least three or four times a night in a lot of pain & find it difficult to get comfortable again. It doesn't matter what time I go to bed early or late I still have the same problems. I usually end up getting up between 5 & 6 o'clock after lying awake for about an hour or so.
sunshine15
11th Aug 2015
2
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I get broken sleep iI get up at least twice for the loo if not more sometimes, then I sometimes find it difficult to get back to sleep so I average about 4/5 per night
Ric
11th Aug 2015
1
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Since I've retired, If I don't get 12 hrs I'm useless all day
Janchris
11th Aug 2015
0
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The most sleep i ever get is around 4 hours which is unbroken, not because i can't but because of health reasons, i have forgotten what it is like to go to bed and sleep a whole night, it must be lovely
Linda55
11th Aug 2015
1
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I feel myself lucky if I stay asleep for longer than 2 hours. Dr prescribed a tablet to help me sleep but alas they stopped having any effect after 2 weeks.
Wilf
10th Aug 2015
4
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I try and get at least 7-7 and half hours sleep each night. It makes me feel much better. If I have much less say about 5 hours i find now I am older it really does affect me and if its about 4 I am dozing all day. I can believe that it affects your health to have little sleep. Look at animals and especially dogs and cats they naturally sleep a lot and they always look a lot fitter than most humans!
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I think I would like to be a dog in my next life Wilf!!

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