It is unsurprising that longer nights of sleep have a positive impact on our physical, mental and emotional health; however, the latest research suggests that more of us are getting less sleep and feeling the strain. In an article by Kate Hilpern in The Independent published this week (October 4th), the benefits of sleep on the body are explored and it is revealed that one in five people feel ‘unusually tired’ and one in ten has ‘prolonged fatigue’. Drawing on various studies from around the world, Ms Hilpern reveals that sufficient sleep in bed can help prevent major health issues such as diabetes and heart, weight and immune system problems. Featured in the article, director of Glasgow University’s sleep centre Professor Colin Espie said: “[T]oo many of us treat sleep like a commodity. We disrespect it – even treat it like a commodity. We disrespect it – even treat it as a nuisance that gets in the way of waking hours,” he added.