‘The last thing we need is a bad night’s sleep’: Sheridan Smith tells series of bedtime stories

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Sheridan Smith has told a series of bedtime stories inspired by Game of Thrones and The Secret Garden.

The actress, 39, is working with NOW, The Sleep Charity and ‘sleep story’ writer Claire Storrow on a number of stories to help people in the UK dream away with an escape from stress.

About her new project, Sheridan said, “I know it’s been a tough year, and the last thing we need is a bad night’s sleep.

40 winks: Sheridan Smith, 39, has told a series of bedtime stories inspired by Game of Thrones and The Secret Garden to help people in the UK drift away

“I can’t wait to be the voice that takes you to dreamland – I’m truly honored to join you all in your bedrooms. I hope you enjoy these puzzling stories.’

Jamie Schwartz, Director of Brand at NOW added: “We all need a little escapism, and TV, movies and sports are the perfect tonic.

“NOW is the streaming home of world-class entertainment, and we’re delighted that our brilliant shows can be so creatively adapted to help Brits relax in a hectic world.”

The stories are scientifically designed to ensure the perfect night’s sleep, and at 15 minutes in length, they are seen as a good fit for helping people fall asleep.

'Tough year': Of her new project, Sheridan said: 'I know it's been a tough year, and the last thing we need is a bad night's sleep'

‘Tough year’: Of her new project, Sheridan said: ‘I know it’s been a tough year, and the last thing we need is a bad night’s sleep’

The first – A Walk Beyond The Wall – is inspired by Game of Thrones as viewers are transported ‘from the lush green landscapes of Northern Ireland to the natural glacial splendor of Iceland’.

Discover the Magic of Oxford is inspired by A Discovery of Witches, as Return to Home Turf takes charge of Premier League football.

Meanwhile, Daydreaming in the Cote d’Azur channels Riviera, and Into The Secret Garden is based on the beloved story The Secret Garden

Reports follow that people who have trouble sleeping are at a higher risk of dying than those without sleep problems, especially if they are diabetics, according to a new study.

She added: 'I can't wait to be the voice that takes you to dreamland - I am truly honored to join you all in your bedrooms.  I hope you enjoy these puzzling stories'

She added: ‘I can’t wait to be the voice that takes you to dreamland – I am truly honored to join you all in your bedrooms. I hope you enjoy these puzzling stories’

Researchers examined data from about 500,000 middle-aged British participants who were asked whether they had trouble falling asleep or waking up in the middle of the night.

They found that people with frequent sleep problems had a higher risk of dying than people without sleep problems.

Over the nine years of the study, the study found that people with type 2 diabetes were 87 percent more likely to die from any cause than those without diabetes or sleep disorders.

In addition, the results showed that people with diabetes and sleep problems were 12 percent more likely to die during this time than those who had diabetes but did not have frequent sleep disturbances.

“While we already knew that there is a strong link between poor sleep and poor health, this illustrates the problem clearly,” said lead author Dr Malcolm von Schantz, a professor of chronobiology at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.

“The question asked when participants participated does not necessarily distinguish between insomnia and other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.

‘It doesn’t matter from a practical point of view, though. Doctors should take sleep problems as seriously as other risk factors and work with their patients to reduce and reduce their overall risk.”

The team says this is the first study to examine the effect of the combination of insomnia and diabetes on mortality risk, the team says.

For the study, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, researchers analyzed data from approximately 487,700 participants from the UK Biobank.

The adults were divided into four groups: no diabetes and no insomnia, insomnia but no diabetes, diabetes but no insomnia, and people with diabetes and insomnia.

When adjusted for age and gender, the results showed that participants who had frequent sleep disturbances were 10 percent more likely to die from any cause — such as a car accident and heart attack — than those without sleep problems.

However, diabetes was found to increase this risk even more significantly.

Impressive: The stories are scientifically designed to ensure the perfect night's sleep, and at 15 minutes in length, they are seen as a good fit to help people fall asleep

Impressive: The stories are scientifically designed to ensure the perfect night’s sleep, and at 15 minutes in length, they are seen as a good fit to help people fall asleep

“Diabetes alone was associated with a 67 percent increased risk of death,” said senior co-author Dr. Kristen Knutson, an associate professor of neurology and preventive medicine at Northwestern University in Illinois.

‘However, mortality among participants with diabetes combined with frequent sleep problems was increased to 87 percent.’

In addition, patients who had both diabetes and insomnia were more than two times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than patients without the conditions.

Just having insomnia didn’t increase the risk of heart disease.

Knutson added, “In other words, it’s especially important for physicians treating people with diabetes to also investigate sleep disorders and consider treatments as appropriate.”

The team notes that a limitation of the study was that the participants were given only one question.

Researchers say this has not assessed daytime effects and the disturbances are not equivalent to a clinically diagnosed insomnia disorder.

However, they say doctors asking the question can help patients take the first steps to tackle insomnia and reduce the increased risk of death.

“This simple question is quite easy for a doctor to ask. You might even ask yourself,” Knutson said.

“But it’s a very broad question and there are many reasons why you may not be sleeping well. So it’s important to discuss it with your doctor so they can dive deeper.

For more information and to stream the full collection, visit sleepescapes.nowtv.com.

Reports: This leads to reports that people who have trouble sleeping are at a higher risk of dying than people without sleeping problems

Reports: This leads to reports that people who have trouble sleeping are at a higher risk of dying than people without sleeping problems

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