A UK-based charity has launched a dedicated helpline for people who struggle to sleep. According to a recent survey, the average adult suffers nine bad night’s sleep each month – which equates to roughly 500 million restless nights across the country.
Until now, there has been limited support for those who find sleeping difficult. To address the issue, The Sleep Charity and high street retailer Furniture Village have teamed up to launch a national helpline assisting anyone struggling to sleep.
Charlie Harrison, Furniture Village Commercial Director said: “We’ve always believed that sleep is equally as important as diet and exercise, yet we know the UK is really struggling to sleep, particularly with the ongoing effects of the pandemic.”
The new helpline will be staffed by a team of specialist trained sleep advisors, who will take calls between 7pm and 9pm five days a week, Sunday to Thursday.
They will provide callers with sleeping tips and advice so they can identify appropriate strategies, talk through their problems. The team will not be able to offer medical advice but will help callers to locate other organisations and services for specialist or long-term support.
The helpline was launched after a survey of 2,000 UK adults by Furniture Village revealed the dangerous and worrying consequences of a bad night’s sleep – with more than a quarter (28 per cent) of adults saying it had affected their mental health. This figure rose to half of the adults surveyed aged 18 to 24.
50% of respondents said a bad night’s sleep affected their motivation, with 30% suffering sore eyes and 29% reporting aching joints as a result.
15% admitted that they have taken several days off work over the past three months because of bad sleep. Worryingly, the public is just as likely to drink alcohol to help themselves nod off (18 per cent) as they are to buy sleep remedies found in pharmacies and supermarkets.
Dr Ranj, Furniture Village Sleep and Wellness Advisor added: “From my work as a doctor, I know how great the need for a National Sleep Helpline is. It will make a huge difference to so many people.”
If you’d like to talk about your sleeping habits – the helpline can be reached on 03303 530 541.