What Does It Really Mean to Have Insomnia?

We’ve all been there, tucked up in bed, exhausted, tired but unable to sleep. Cue tossing and turning, frustrated sighs, trips to the toilet, radio on/radio off, phone on/phone off, TV on/TV off, until you give in and realise that you’ll probably just have to lie there until sunrise. Even one night of restless sleep will leave you flagging for at least 48 hours, but if you suffer from regular bouts of insomnia—and it can last for months or years—it could cause a knock-on effect to your mind, body and well-being.

According to new research by Mintel’s Sleep Aid Report 2017, half of Britons struggle to sleep, and when we do sleep, on average, it’s for less than seven hours a night. And only a fifth of us can get to sleep without much difficulty. For the rest of us, bedtimes have become a battlefield. We’re officially a nation of insomniacs. Keep scrolling as we break down this sleep epidemic.