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Eamonn Holmes: Sleep deprivation is taking its toll

This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes still uses the same mantra to get him through struggles as he did when he was at school.

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes is convinced his job will be the death of him.

The 55-year-old This Morning and Sky News breakfast host is always busy with work and has added another string to his bow this year (15) after filming a documentary series with his wife and onscreen partner Ruth Langsford. Called Eamonn and Ruth: How the Other Half Live, the couple meet extremely well-off people and explore their lifestyle. Although it's been fun, Eamonn thinks the lack of sleep is taking a toll on his health.

“Every year I get a health check-up and the doctor says I’m still OK, but I think sleep deprivation is a very bad thing," he told Britain's The Sun newspaper. "I’m good at it, but I’m sure it will kill me at some point. I’m up at 4am and I do my job, then fit in lots of other things - sometimes I’m not home until 9pm. I get to the end of the day and think, ‘Oh, I’ve got to watch House Of Cards or Big Brother, or this movie, or this football match,' and suddenly it’s 11pm. Then I’m up again at 3am and so one day goes into the next.”

His and Ruth's new show was an eye-opener for the pair, who ended up being won over by the charm of the people they met, as well as their dedication to work. It wasn't what they expected going in, as they thought they might be "flash, bling and stupid".

As Eamonn celebrates 35 years on the small screen, he has been reflecting on how his life used to be. During his school years the star was into running, which he believes helped make him mentally strong. When faced with struggles now, Eamonn simply remembers the advice his PE teacher gave him when he was close to giving up: "'All the way, Holmes, all the way’. And to this day, if I’m tired, I think, ‘All the way, Holmes, all the way.'”

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