To sleep, perchance to dream? If only!

PUBLISHED: 17:11 05 October 2017

The wide-awake club: Why do so many over-50s women suffer from insomnia, asks Rachel Moore.

The wide-awake club: Why do so many over-50s women suffer from insomnia, asks Rachel Moore.


Opinion: Why can none of us get a good night’s sleep these days, asks Rachel Moore.

When you’re 21, sleep is time wasted.

Time when you could be doing the important stuff you believe life is all about –going out with friends, finishing uni assignments, earning money ….

My older son packs 48 hours into every 24, fitting a job, study, Norwich City away matches, visiting friends all over the country, burning the candle at both ends and the middle.

Sleep is for wimps and he scrapes by on very little. I used to too.

When you’re young you’re obsessed by fun, success, relationships, living in the moment.

In your 50s, obsession becomes sleep and pensions - will you ever have enough of either? – and the latter prevents the former.

I’m obsessed by my lack of sleep – Facebook is full of insomniacs, posting at 3am. All people of a certain age – over 50, mostly women, whose menopause or perimenopause brings its own central heating system which always cranks up in the early hours and puts paid to slumber for the rest of the night – with an evil grin taunting you. You’ll be totally hopeless for the rest of the day. Hahaha.

Now we have more to worry about than lack of sleep leaving us tired and crotchety.

Sleep deprivation is killing us. Neuroscientist Matthew Walker has written that sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s.

Show me a 50-something woman who can’t recall the last time she had eight hours sleep non-stop. Mine was in 1982 as I remember.

Sleep deprivation “sinks down into every possible nook and cranny. And yet no one is doing anything about it,” he says.

If anyone has a solution, please let me know.

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