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Three quarters 'suffer sleep problems when stressed'

Almost three quarters of Britain's adults suffer from disturbed sleep when they are stressed, a study has revealed.

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September can be one of the most stressful months, health professionals have warned. Credit: PA

Read: Britons 'spend more time using technology than sleeping'

Data from the Sleep Council shed light on how difficult it was for some people to get a full night's sleep.

Some 48% suffer from insomnia and 71% told the Sleep Council they had some sort of pre-existing sleep disorder.

Only 27% of 2,035 people quizzed by Opinion Matters said they were able to regularly get enough rest.

Read: Astronauts 'dangerously sleep deprived'

Carswell and Farage in Clacton ahead of by-election

Douglas Carswell will return to his Clacton constituency today flanked by Ukip leader Nigel Farage as the pair plan a completely unexpected by-election campaign.

Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage will be heading to Clacton today.
Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage will be heading to Clacton today. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

They are due to visit the seat after Mr Carswell's bombshell decision to switch parties and quit the Commons to re-stand under the Ukip banner.

The date for the by-election is yet to be set but is likely to be held within weeks. Parliamentary rules require an election between 21 and 27 days after a writ is moved to fill the vacancy.

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Great British Bake Off's Iain: No grudge against Diana

Axed Great British Bake Off Iain Watters says he doesn't hold a grudge against competitor Diana Beard after the controversy dubbed "bingate".

Iain Watters threw his Baked Alaska in the bin.
Iain Watters threw his Baked Alaska in the bin. Credit: BBC

He told BBC's Newsnight said he didn't blame Beard for taking his Baked Alaska out of the freezer, a move he says was made "in the heat of the moment".

He said the public support following his exit from the show had been "crazy" - pointing in particular to the #JusticeforIain campaign that trended on Twitter.

Asked if he would be making a comeback, he teased viewers by saying: "You will have to watch next week."

Hospital food rankings 'make NHS more transparent'

Rankings of hospital care according to the quality of the food they serve will help improve the transparency of the NHS, the Health Secretary has said.

Speaking as the Department of Health launched a crackdown on hospital food, Jeremy Hunt said:

We are making the NHS more transparent, giving patients the power to compare food on wards and incentivising hospitals to raise their game.

Many hospitals are already offering excellent food to their patients and staff. But we want to know that all patients have nourishing and appetising food to help them get well faster and stay healthy, which is why we're introducing tough new mandatory standards for the first time ever.

– Jeremy Hunt

Read: Hospital rates food as '5 star'

Poll: 'Yes' campaign closes gap after TV debates

Campaigners backing Scottish independence are closing the gap on pro-unionists after the second televised debate, a new poll suggests.

Alex Salmond is perceived to have won a comfortable victory in the second televised debate.
Alex Salmond is perceived to have won a comfortable victory in the second televised debate. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The Survation poll for the Scottish Daily Mail found 47% saying they would vote in favour of independence, once undecided voters were excluded, with 53% saying they would vote no.

That compares to a split of 43% (Yes) to 57% (No) in polling after the first televised debate three weeks before - a closing of the gap from 14 points to just six.

It follows what was generally perceived as a comfortable victory for Alex Salmond in the second debate.

Sixty-four percent of respondents in the survey called it in favour of the Scottish First Minister, compared to just 16% who believed Better Together's Alastair Darling won.

New rules crack down on 'unacceptable' hospital food

New NHS rules will banish unacceptable food in hospitals - meaning sloppy mashed potato and soggy vegetables may become a thing of the past.

The Department of Health is aiming to improve the quality and nutritional value of hospital food.
The Department of Health is aiming to improve the quality and nutritional value of hospital food. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

For the first time hospitals will have to meet mandatory food standards as part of a long-mooted drive to raise its standards of food across the country, the Department of Health (DoH) said.

They will also be ranked according to the quality of their food and will be required to meet legally-binding standards.

Patients will be screened for malnutrition and given personal food plans, while hospital staff will have to ensure patients get the help they need so that they can physically eat and drink.

Healthy diets will be promoted to staff and visitors in hospital canteens, and what they serve will have to meet Government recommendations on salt, sugar and saturated fats.

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Cameron makes business case for a United Kingdom

The Prime Minister was making the business case for Scotland remaining in the United Kingdom today at a business dinner in Glasgow.

Speaking just three weeks before Scots go to the polls, he said the UK was the "greatest merger in history" and one of the "oldest and most successful single markets in the world."

But as ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports, not everyone is convinced:

Shopping centre launches 'Ginger Discount' weekend

Red-heads and ginger-nuts are being invited to a special event in Aberdeen this weekend - as one of the town's shopping centres launches a Ginger Discount event.

Ginger people - or even those willing to don a ginger wig - will be able to claim 10 per cent off in a range of stores in the Union Square complex, including Nandos, Superdry, Cotwold Outdoor and TM Lewin.

The offer was inspired by Richard Macrae's joke 'Ginger Discount Card'
The offer was inspired by Richard Macrae's joke 'Ginger Discount Card' Credit: SWNS

The event was inspired by Aberdeen man Richard Macrae, aged 30, who received a joke 'Ginger Discount Card' for his birthday and claims to have made around £200 of savings by handing it over at the till.

Ryan Manson, general manager of Union Square, told the Evening Express:

Richards tongue-in-cheek card made us laugh so much that we thought we should make the discount official – even if it’s for one weekend only.

Ginger Aberdonians can eat and shop from participating retailers with fantastic discounts that are sure to keep them out of the red.

– Ryan Manson, Union Square general manager

Police seize record haul of cocaine 'disguised as coal'

A record 6.5 tonnes of cocaine has been seized by police in Peru who believe drugs traffickers were trying to bring the load into Europe disguised as coal.

Seven Peruvians and two Mexicans were arrested by officers after a raid at a warehouse in Huanchaco, near the city of Trujillo.

Bricks of cocaine were glued to the inside of blocks of coal
Bricks of cocaine were glued to the inside of blocks of coal Credit: Reuters

The Class A drugs were packed into brick-sized packets and glued inside of large chunks of coal.

President of Peru Ollanta Humala welcomed the seizure as a major step forward in tackling drug crime in the country, considered by the US and the UN to be the world's top cocaine producer.

This is, without doubt, the most important blow to drug trafficking in the history of the republic.

– President of Peru Ollanta Humala
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