Daisy Maskell: Insomnia and Me – 10 August 2021 – 10/8/2021 – Tuesday – BBC
Daisy Maskell, the UK’s youngest ever breakfast radio host, has suffered from insomnia since childhood. For as long as she can remember, she has survived on as little as a couple of hours of sleep each night and is wide awake until the early hours of the morning. With an ever-increasing workload, running on empty is starting to take its toll, so Daisy wants to uncover the roots of her insomnia and take the first steps towards treatment.
She is not alone. According to research by the NHS, hospital admissions due to sleep disorders among young people have almost doubled over the past eight years, and the recent Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated the issue further still. In research conducted by Kings College London on a cross-section of 2,500 people across the UK, almost half of 16- to 24-year-olds stated that they were sleeping significantly fewer hours than they had been prior to lockdown, in comparison to just a third of those aged 35 and over.
Daisy meets experts and fellow sufferers to investigate why thousands of young people in the UK are struggling with sleep disorders and insomnia. Gaining tips along the way, she tries a multitude of remedies and treatments in a bid to get a better night’s sleep. We see her explore the roots of her insomnia, with revealing emotional insights into her struggles with her own mental health.
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