Insomnia: Speaking to Sleep Consultant Julie Mallon

16 May 2018: Research says around 1 in 3 people have at least mild insomnia.

In general, 30 to 35% of adults have brief symptoms of insomnia. 15 to 20% have a short-term insomnia disorder, which lasts less than three months. 10% have a chronic insomnia disorder, which occurs at least three times per week for at least three months.

Meanwhile a recent study by the University of California San Diego says specific genetic factors may trigger the development of sleep problems.

New technologies for imaging the brain’s activity during sleep have made it easier to understand REM sleep, or “rapid eye movement” sleep, in which most of its benefits accrue.

We speak to sleep consultant Julie Mallon. She recently attended a sleep conference in Paris.

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