Suffering from insomnia has got to be one of the very worst afflictions, especially for the working person.

And then there's chronic insomnia - well one would be reduced to tears of blood with that condition.

Settling in for the night, breathing out aaah as your head is cradled on the pillow and you've pulled up the duvet ... then noooooo ... ding, ding you're wide awake instead suffering through those dark hours.

But The Truth About Sleep, a BBC documentary on Prime television, didn't deliver for me on how to sort out an insufficient sleep problem.


Looking a little pensively into the problem was mild-mannered British doctor
MIchael Moseley whose mission was to come up with some clever solutions and easy fixes.

I thought really there had to be better options than a long hot bath before bed, eating three kiwifruit, not drinking caffeine or banning all electronic devices from your boudoir.

So for tele addicts, watching the box while relaxed in the sack is absolutely not conducive to your sleep patterns.

Depressingly, he said that as a nation (Britain that is) people were generally getting less sleep and "what we do get is of a lower quality, as modern life tilts ever more towards working practices and technology seemingly designed to disrupt sleep patterns".

Wow somehow I am not amazed with those theories.

But then academia produced alarming evidence of links with obesity and type 2 diabetes, with one chatty GP saying that sleeping pills had become a disastrously easy option for doctors and patients suffering considerable stress because they were very addictive and eventually stopped working.

But according to an American professor, it seems that insomnia all starts in the gut.
Professor Philip Burnet said the gut is full of trillions of bacteria.

"... known as the microbiota or microbiome and these bacteria have been shown to play a role in everything from our mental health to weight gain and now, it seems, potentially the quality of our sleep," he said.

So our good Dr Moseley starts taking a probiotic dietary supplement but is forced to admit after a couple of weeks it's okay "but doesn't really work''.

Though this programme was in part interesting it lacked that convincing punch that there was a cure for insommia.

Sorry seems there isn't ... yet.