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Finding the right balance in our lives to get enough sleep seems to be a battle we are losing more and more as we get older.

As children we would fight to stay up for an extra hour and now we would jump at any opportunity to get some shut eye.

Simple things like stress, nightmares or your partner snoring can all make sleep harder to find, while others struggle with conditions like insomnia and sleep apnea.

Struggling to get a good night’s sleep can affect a lot more than just feeling a little groggy the next day.

  The amount of sleep we get can have an influence on our weight or our susceptibility to serious problems like heart disease or stroke.

As low as four hours sleep and as high as 11 hours can be considered normal but getting just one hour less than we need can have a huge impact.

Between seven and nine hours is the recommended amount for adults and we actually need less sleep as we get older. If you find you are often tired, you aren’t getting enough.

A dark, quiet room with the fewest distractions possible are the ideal conditions to find before you try and nod off.

Having a set routine to prepare your body for sleep is also important, which includes no blue light from phones and other devices, as well as keeping a set bed time.

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