If you regularly have difficulty sleeping and you are waking up tired, then you are probably struggling to make the most of your time in bed. And this failure to feel refreshed in the morning could well be having a knock-on effect for the rest of your day.
You might be prone to low-energy levels and mood swings and have trouble concentrating, which could be damaging your relationships and your performance at work. Worse still, if yours is a long-term sleep problem, then it could lead to depression, heart problems, diabetes and strokes.
Sleep deprivation has also been cited as an influential factor in several man-made disasters, including the grounding of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker, the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, as well as the Challenger space shuttle explosion.
All of which is enough to keep anyone awake at night.
No matter how desperate, alone and helpless you feel when your mind is racing at 3am on a Sunday night, there are steps you can take to send you to sleep. And you’ll find plenty of great advice here in the Sleep Easy guide.