The best bridge between hope and despair is a good night's sleep

A good night's sleep is a critical factor in a person's wellbeing, but is an aspect of health that does not gain as much attention as it should do, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Herald, Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society Professor Colin Espie said everybody is aware of the importance of nightly rest, yet it has not entered public awareness in the same way exercise and diet have.

The industry expert - who is also the director of the Glasgow University Sleep Centre and co-founder of Sleepio - noted: "Sleep is something that's been neglected and if you've got a problem like insomnia, it's really difficult to get any help."

According to the newspaper, a lack of sleep can result in a number of problems, including depression and anxiety.

Professor Espie will be chairing a symposium entitled Sleep: The Best Bridge between Hope and Despair is a Good Night's Sleep at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology in December.

More information on the event can be found here.