Although usually associated with babies and toddlers, for some people night terrors can actually continue into adulthood, causing restless nights and sleep deprivation. It is estimated that around 2% of adults can experience them, although this figure may be higher as people don’t tend to remember them when they wake up.
With the colder seasons well and truly underway, homes around the country are turning up the central heating and snuggling around cosy fires to keep warm. But, during the night our bodies need to cool down so that we can get good quality sleep so leaving the heating on can often mean that we end up restless and sleep deprived.
Experienced an increase in nightmares recently? It might not be the cheese you had before bed. It could actually be down to the heatwave we are experiencing at the moment.
As any insomniac will tell you, the importance of sleep is not to be underestimated. Simply reducing your sleep by an hour a night can result in poor decision-making, an inability to focus and an off-balance circadian rhythm. Unfortunately, most of us have to deal with the consequences of a lack of sleep at some point, whether from partying too hard, working late, suffering the effects of insomnia, or travelling through the night. So, we look at the best ways of managing those days when you’ve just not had enough shut-eye.