Reported insomnia has got worse, as our lifestyles have become much faster and we rely on screens for entertainment and relaxation.
In the 1960s adults slept for seven and a half to 8 hours a night
Since then, our life has become much faster, busier with people working longer hours and taking work home. Now 50% of people in the UK and America report that they sleep for less than 7 hours , and 40% of people also report they’re not getting enough sleep and they feel tired and exhausted when they wake.
Insomnia has always been with us – think of some of the great poets, including Shakespeare’s Wordsworth, Blake, Wilfred Owen, Emily Dickinson and Philip Larkin. Interesting Literature has a great page of poems about sleep – or the lack of it!