An increasing number of people are asking for help with sleep disorders and some of them are doing rather strange things during the night.
Specialist clinics are treating more people with sleep disorders than ever before.
It’s not surprising. More than 30% of the UK population currently suffers from insomnia or another sleep disorder , according to the Mental Health Foundation. This can have serious mental and physical consequences.
Clinics say they are getting up to 50 new referrals a week. It’s a fivefold increase in just a decade for some. This big increase has been credited to raised awareness of sleep disorders and more people reporting them.
The clinics are also dealing with some strange new sleep behavior, while other rather odd disorders are becoming more common. So what are the weird things people do?
Sleep: Weird Things People Do While Snoozing
Technology now plays a huge part in our lives so it’s no shock that sleep experts are seeing new kinds of behavior related to it.
More people are reporting sending text messages during their time of rest, says Dr Kirstie Anderson, who runs the Neurology Sleep Service for the Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust. Considering the number of Britons who now own a mobile phone – 92% according to Ofcom – it’s not surprising. Many people also take them to bed.
“It is very common for people to do things in their sleep that they do repeatedly during the day,” says Anderson.