Our expects reveal how with their top tips and techniques of how to get a better nights sleep...
So, how much sleep do you really need?
Although conventional wisdom tells us we need eight hours a night, that doesn't apply to everyone, and the maount of sleep you need is very individual.
The key is how refreshed you feel when you awake, which is influenced by the different types of sleep you get: about 75% should be non-REM sleep (the start of sleep cycle), and 25% Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep (usually when you dream).
The brain allocates the correct proportions in the amounts you need, and if you wake up feeling refreshed then you are getting enough. New research suggests that the optimum number of hours is seven. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) analysed sleep-time data and concluded that if you get less than seven hours on a regular basis, you could be more at risk of hypertension, diabetes, stroke and other cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.
Meet our experts - we spoke to the following sleep specialists about how to get you the best nights sleep you can get!
Dr Simon Merritt is a consultant in sleep and respiratory medicine based at the conquest Hospital, East Sussex, and the Spire Essex Hospital, and is a member of the British Sleep Society
Dr Irshaad Ebrahim is a neuropsychiatrist specialising in sleep at the London Sleep Centre
Dr Rosemary Leonard MBE is a GP and w&h's medical expert
Jennie Miller is a Hampshire-based psychotherapist
Christine Webber is a psychotherapist with a practice on Harley Street
Click through to see how to get started on your journey to a better nights sleep...
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