Insomnia affects roughly one in three people, while most adults struggle to get a full eight hours every night.
According to a sleep expert, the reason for restless nights could be the food and drink we consume just before we go to bed, reports the Daily Mail.
Sammy Margo, author of The Good Sleep Guide, has revealed the five surprising foods we should snack on before bedtime - and the ones we should never eat if we're hoping to get some shut eye.
Bananas are rich in magnesium, a muscle relaxant, as well as sleep-promoting hormones serotonin and melatonin.
A recent survey by Simba Sleep found that the average adult manages just 6 hours and 28 minutes of sleep a night, and misses out on 6 hours and 10 minutes of sleep each week.
A teaspoon of honey contains glucose, which tells your brain to shut off orexin, the chemical known to trigger alertness.
Turbulent thoughts are the most common cause of a sleepless night, with 53 per cent of people unable to stop their mind racing when the lights go out, according to the survey.
The survey also revealed that a quarter of people are kept up by soaring stress levels.
Almonds contain tryptophan and magnesium, which both help to naturally reduce muscle and nerve function while also steadying your heart rhythm, says Margo.
Grains in oatmeal trigger insulin production and raise your blood sugar naturally.
Oats are also rich in melatonin, according to Margo.
The post-Christmas lunch nap is no coincidence – turkey is packed with sleep-inducing tryptophan.
FOODS TO AVOID BEFORE BED
The study found a late night tipple is a popular choice among those hoping to doze off with ease. But while nightcap can make you feel drowsy, drinking more alcohol prevents you from getting into the deeper stages of sleep and can lead to grogginess the next day.
2. SPICY FOOD
Spicy foods can give you indigestion, and it is speculated that capsaicin, an active ingredient in chilli peppers, may affect sleep via changes in body temperature.
3. FATTY FOODS
Greasy foods cause your stomach to go into overdrive to digest them, producing acid in the stomach which can spill up into your oesophagus, causing sleep-disrupting heartburn.
Burgers, fast food, ice cream, or super cheesy foods should be avoided before bed.
One of the most common sources of caffeine, the stimulant has a half-life of five hours, which means 25 per cent of it is still working through your system even 10 hours later.
More than one in 10 believe a cup of caffeinated coffee helps them to nod off, according to the study.
Hard cheeses and processed meats contain higher levels of the amino acid tyramine, which causes the brain to release a chemical that makes us feel alert.