FAQ: Is Insomnia A New Problem?

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!