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Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 4 August 2005
A girl trying to sleep in bed

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Insomnia

Most people have had trouble getting to sleep at some time in their lives, perhaps due to worry, a bad cold or too much excitement.

But imagine if you lay awake night after night for a month or even longer with no obvious cause, and are exhausted during the day, until the very fear of not being able to sleep keeps you up.

This condition is known as chronic insomnia, and it affects 10 to 15% of the population and 12 million prescriptions for sleeping tablets are written in the UK every year.

New research by Barbara Myers' guest shows that there is a drug-free solution. 

Simple self-help strategies such as sleep hygiene - not watching TV or using a computer late at night - can have long-lasting positive effects on sleep patterns.

Restricting how much you sleep and not going to bed too early can make a difference.

It all sounds like common sense, but it is backed by real scientific evidence.

If you have counted sheep for long enough and want to know what  drug-free steps you can take to get a good night's sleep, let us know.

Barbara Myers will be putting your questions to Kevin Morgan, Professor of Gerontology at Loughborough University's Sleep Research Centre.

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Check Up  is your opportunity to ask an expert about the condition. If you have a question, contact us by calling 0870 010 0444 from 1.30pm - 3.30pm on the day of broadcast or by emailing  the programme - see 'Contact Check Up' link above.

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