September is a time of year when stress mounts for many, and sleep suffers as a result, Furniture News reports.

September could be the start of the New Stress Year – as schools restart and work reboots, The Sleep Council has found that Stresstember not only marks the return to routine, but to higher pressure levels too.

The NBF’s consumer-facing arm’s latest research shows that millions of people are caught in a vicious cycle of stress and sleepless nights, with September identified by health professionals as being a stressful month for many.

Neil Shah, director of The Stress Management Society which is supporting The Sleep Council campaign to highlight the problem of stress and sleep, says: “In our experience September is the beginning of the stress calendar – the kids are back at school, the summer holidays are officially over, the weather is starting to change and we have to wait until Christmas for the next public holiday.”

The study saw almost 90% of people admit to suffering from some form of stress in their lives, with almost two out of five saying they are regularly, frequently or constantly stressed.