The UK charity, The Mental Health Foundation, has launched a major campaign to raise awareness of the importance of sleep for the mental health of the nation.
The Sleep Matters report, featuring data from the largest ever survey of the nation's sleep, has revealed a startling impact of poor sleep on health and wellbeing.
Over 30 per cent of the population currently suffers from insomnia or another sleep disorder. The study showed that people with insomnia experience dramatically higher rates of relationship difficulties, energy deficiency and depressed mood, amongst other health and wellbeing problems.
Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Sleep has for too long been neglected as a major influence on the physical and mental health of the nation”.