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“It completely destroyed my life”: James’ story

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Lots of people use credit in their day-to-day lives, and because they’re keeping up with the payments, trouble never seems like it’s round the corner. But that’s the thing about credit – it’s not a problem, until one day it is.

James* from Bristol had always stayed on top of his debts. He had a credit card with a small credit limit, and a car loan, which he regularly made payments towards. But things changed quickly when James developed a back problem which meant he was signed off work for months at a time. When his period of sick pay ran out, he started to receive Statutory Sick Pay.

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Sweet dreams: 5 ways you can sleep better

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You may have read about our Need to Sleep campaign, which highlights the fact that 7.4 million people across the UK have trouble sleeping at night because of money worries. As well as affecting your sleep, it can impact on your relationships, your job, and your health, including your mental health.

34% of people who can’t sleep because of money worries say it makes them feel lonely, and 39% say it makes them feel helpless.

We asked Joanna Carson from the Mental Health Foundation to give us an insight into how sleep problems can affect mental health, and what you can do to get a better night’s sleep. Over to you, Joanna!

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How does lack of sleep affect mental health?

When I talk to people about the ways they can look after their mental health, sleep is by far the most popular topic.  While most of us don’t get enough sleep, we still see it as one of the important factors to a happier life.

Sleep isn’t just “time out” from our daily routines; a good night’s sleep helps our bodies and minds to rest, repair and re-energise.

Sleep is something everyone needs and it’s essential for both our physical and mental health – so why aren’t we sleeping better?

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