Coleen Nolan surprised her Loose Women co-stars on Tuesday when she opened up to them about a frustrating 'battle' she's facing away from cameras, revealing she's been left increasingly angry by an going struggle with insomnia.
Former Celebrity Big Brother winner Coleen was back on the panel of the ITV show for its second show of the week, joining host Ruth Langsford and colleagues Janet Street-Porter and Kelly Holmes for the hour long live broadcast, which saw them discuss the damning review into the Met Police and be joined by Strictly Ballroom musical stars Kevin Clifton and Faye Brookes.
And something raised at the very start of the show was the topic of insomnia, after the publication of a book by a woman whose been battling the sleep disorder for nearly 25 years. Ruth hinted that Loose Women co-star Coleen was facing a similar struggle and then, in the second part of the show, Coleen spoke out just how much her insomnia is getting her down.
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Ruth addressed a finding that one in three people struggle with insomnia, before remarking: "And it's something Coleen...we didn't know until this morning actually...we're good friends, we talk about a lot of things; but you said for the last couple of years, you've suddenly developed insomnia.
Coleen replied: "I've never ever had a problem with sleeping; I was called the door mouse of the family. I can sleep anywhere on trains, anything, I can sleep. But the last few years I've really, really struggled. and it's the first time I've had proper understanding for anyone, like my elder sister who suffered for years, with insomnia."
She continued: I used to think 'Oh just got to sleep' as every day it was like 'I didn't sleep again,' and I was like 'Oh, she just moans. And I actually phoned her up and said 'I don't know how you've done it,' because it is the most frustrating, tiring and makes me angry."
Quizzed by Ruth on how insomnia impacts her, Coleen elaborated: "I get to sleep for a couple of hours and then all of a sudden bang, two o'clock in the morning wide awake. It doesn't matter what I do, for another two or three hours I'm wide awake and it's so annoying because you feel tired but you can't go to sleep. And the more I lie in bed the worse it gets, so I get up and go downstairs."
She added: "Honestly, it's the most frustrating thing but somebody said to me, which I didn't relate it to at the time, that it could be the menopause but it still doesn't help knowing what it is."
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