Susan Allen is a freelance writer and lecturer at the Leicester School of Pharmacy.
Ever heard of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?Subscription
One in 5,000 people has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome — at least twice the number as have sickle cell anaemia, phenylketonuria or haemophilia A. Learn more about it here
Insomnia and its managementSubscription
Insomnia is a subjective complaint of an inability to obtain adequate sleep. It is characterised by difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep or waking up too early in the morning. It is claimed that some form of chronic insomnia affects more than 20 per cent of us at some time in our lives and pharmacists are commonly asked by sufferers for advice and over-the-counter remedies.
Sleep and sleeping disordersSubscription
Although we have come a long way since Edgar Allen Poe described sleep as “little slices of death”, there are still many gaps in our understanding of it and its functions. Sleep is a vital component of a healthy life. The average adult — sleeping eight hours a night — spends 121 days of each year in slumber. The quantity and quality of this sleep can be a frequent preoccupation but usually each of us arrives at our own optimum number of hours sleep per night that we need to function effective