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GETTING TO SLEEP CAN BE A NIGHTMARE; 1 in 3 Irish have insomnia.

Byline: By MIRROR REPORTER

A THIRD of us can't get a wink of sleep, a new report has revealed.

Whether it is a case of a guilty conscience or worrying about work in the morning, Irish people are finding it hard to ge their head down.

Research found one in three of us suffer from insomnia - and women are twice as likely to suffer from the condition.

That said, they are probably being kept awake by their noisy husbands who are twice as likely to snore, the study claims.

The findings, from luxury bed manufacturer Kaymed, also found almost one in 10 adults suffer chronic insomnia and have at least three sleepless nights a month.

The figures were released on National Sleep-In Day yesterday which encourages people to take advantage of the clocks going back tomorrow and get an extra hour in bed.

Insomniacs not only have trouble falling asleep, they also wake during the night and find it difficult to go back again.

Other symptoms include waking up too early in the morning or still feeling they haven't rested after a full night's sleep.

In the worst cases insomnia can be a result of an underlying medical condition or mental health problem.

And Kaymed also discovered people as young as 15 are now at risk of prolonged bouts of sleeplessness.

Meanwhile, men are almost twice as likely to suffer from Sleep Apnea - a condition which causes loud snoring.

Kaymed's Rosemary Turley said: "There has been an increase in sleep disorders, for a variety of reasons.

"Our increasingly busy lifestyles are leading to more stress, longer commutes and people getting up earlier than ever before.

"National Sleep-In Day encourages us all to take time to think about the importance of sleep."

TIPS FOR BETTER KIPS..

1 DEVELOP a sleep routine - try to get to bed and wake up at about the same time each day. Try not to oversleep at the weekend as this can knock your internal 'sleep clock'.

2 AVOID caffeine, nicotine and alcohol late in the evening. Stimulants can result in increased brain activity which can make it difficult to fall off to sleep.

3 DO not use a mobile phone just before going to bed. Mobile phones can interfere with brain activity in the same way as coffee.

4 Do not eat, or exercise within three hours of going go to bed. Activity will make the body alert.

5 TRY to associate your bedroom with sleep - do not watch TV or listen to music in bed if you are suffering from sleeplessness.

6 IF you are unable to get to sleep within 20 minutes get up and read or relax until you feel tired. Do not remain annoyed or agitated with your lack of ability to fall asleep.

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