Why can't I sleep? Sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan shares her tips on The Calm Edit podcast
A restful night's sleep is so important for our health and wellbeing. Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, author of The Little Book of Sleep shares some tips for those nights when you just can't nod off.
Insomnia is a growing problem in modern society. According to the Institute of Medicine, 50-70 million Americans suffer from insomnia and the UK isn't much better – it's around a third of the population.
"Insomnia has been around for a very long time," says Dr Nerina Ramlakhan. "Probably human beings have always had problems sleeping at some point in their lives, but it's particularly a problem at the moment because the world is moving so fast."
In the episode, Nerina shares her tips to help you improve your sleep quality and get more rest.
Humans are designed to spend around a third of their lives asleep, so getting a good night's sleep is all important.
"When we sleep deeply, it repairs the body on every level – physically, mentally, emotionally," says Dr Nerina.
She's been working with poor sleepers for over two and a half decades: "I've noticed that when people don't sleep well or this goes on too long they might have physical ailments: stomach problems, back problems, headaches or a weakened immune system.
"There can be even more severe physical and emotional problems – and poor mental health. When we can't sleep we start to fall apart emotionally."
The Little Book of Sleep is published by Octopus Books, priced £6.99.
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