London: Experts including one of Indian origin are now beginning to put special focus on a newly identified sleep disorder called “semi-somnia”, which is claiming growing numbers of sufferers.Despite not sharing the full agonising symptoms of acute sleeplessness, which has been linked to weakened immune systems, depression, high blood pressure and even heart disease, semi-somnia – that is being called insomnia’s irritating little sister, but is far from harmless.Rather than totally sleepless nights, sufferers experience short bouts of sleep disruption - perhaps on particularly busy or stressful days. They may wake every night for 30 minutes, or find it impossible to sleep for an hour because their minds are racing.Then there is “fizzy sleep”, a phrase coined by Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, a sleep coach at London’s Capio Nightingale hospital, and author of the book ‘Tired But Wired’.“It’s not a scientific term, but clients say that’s what their head feels like,” the Daily mail quoted her as saying.“They are asleep but it’s not restful. It’s a jangly, information-filled sleep where the brain is still highly active,” she said.Experts believe the reason our mind goes into information overload is not just the sheer amount of material we’re taking in, but that we’ve stopped taking any downtime.“We’ve spent five years researching this with 30,000 sufferers and technology is probably the main cause,” Jean Gomes, chairman of The Energy Project - a consultancy dedicated to helping people counteract tiredness issues, said.
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