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TIRED people in Essex say they are medicating themselves to sleep

13 Nov TIRED people in Essex say they are medicating themselves to sleep

TIRED people in the east of England say they are medicating themselves to sleep – and over a quarter say they have had to see their doctor about the problem.

Two-fifths (41%) of people in the region say they have used medication or alcohol to get to sleep.

Eleven per cent of those surveyed said they had taken antidepressants and eight per cent said they had taken anxiety medication just to get to sleep, according to a survey for Gravity Blankets by Atomik Research.

A further six per cent say they have taken narcotics such as codeine, morphine or other opiate painkillers to get to sleep while nearly one in five (17%) have taken sleeping tablets.

Seventy per cent of all adults in the east of England say their worries keep them up at night, tossing and turning over their health, family and money.

Over a quarter (29%) of those surveyed said they had been to the doctor about their sleep problems

The research showed that anxiety and depression play a major part in people’s inability to get some shut-eye.