Sleep clinics are seeing more patients who are suffering from sleep disorders than ever before, and they are getting up to some interesting night time activities when they should be sound asleep in their storage beds.
The Mental Health Foundation has revealed that over 30 per cent of the UK’s population suffers from insomnia or some other sleep disorder at the moment.
Specialist clinics are receiving up to 50 new referrals each week, BBC News Magazine reported. This represents a fivefold increase over the last ten years for some clinics, although the large increase has been put down to a rise in awareness of sleep disorders and in people reporting them.
Dr Kirstie Anderson, who runs the Neurology Sleep Service for the Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, explained that one of the strange things people do during sleep is texting:
"It is very common for people to do things in their sleep that they do repeatedly during the day," she said.
Snacking can be another issue for sleepers. Extreme cases are called Nocturnal Eating Syndrome (NES) and sufferers can visit the kitchen many times in one night, eating while fast asleep and not remembering the snacks upon waking.