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Wednesday 28 January 2015

Toyah Willcox's sleepless nights

Toyah Willcox hopes she has finally conquered her insomnia
Toyah Willcox hopes she has finally conquered her insomnia

Toyah Willcox has revealed she suffered from chronic insomnia for 40 years, until she tried acupuncture.

The singer, songwriter and actress, who's released more than 20 albums, took sleeping pills for a time in her twenties but disliked feeling sluggish and drowsy.

"I was trying to be creative and write and perform, which was impossible when I was on those. I gave them up very quickly," she said.

Last year, Toyah, who will star in a three-month tour of the sketch show Hormonal Housewives, became anxious about the potential health risks arising from her insomnia and so tried acupuncture.

"I started the treatments in June and dozed off during them, which is unheard of for me," she said.

"It took around three months and now I have built up to seven hours of sleep a night, which is incredible. Acupuncture's changed my life."

:: Toyah Willcox is supporting Acupuncture Awareness Week, February 25-March 3. For information on traditional acupuncture, visit www.introducingacupuncture.co.uk. Toyah is starring in Hormonal Housewives, which will tour from March 5-May 26. For details of locations, visit www.hormonalhousewives.co.uk/tour.

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