Chris Packham shares health disorder that strikes at night

Chris Packham and his stepdaughter Megan McCubbin on Celebrity Gogglebox
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TV presenter Chris Packham revealed he suffers from a health disorder that strikes him during the night. The Springwatch presenter made the admission as he appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox on Friday night (June 7).

Chris, 63, is appearing on the Channel 4 show with his stepdaughter Megan McCubbin, who also presents on Springwatch as well as Animal Farm. As they settled down to watch Vicky McClure's new Paramount Plus show Insomnia.

Revealing he had suffered sleepless nights for many years, Chris said: "I can relate to it obviously, insomnia. I barely sleep, never slept well."

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Megan then asked, commenting on the show where Vicky fears that she is losing her mind and doing strange things: "But you don't do really psychotic things?"

Chris reassured her: "No, no, no. I just don't spend much time unconscious. It's a waste of time isn't it? Don't get much done do you.

"I always say sleep when you're dead eat just before. It's one of my mantras."

Chris, who is also autistic and suffers from Ménière's disease, an inner ear condition that could see him go deaf. According to the NHS, insomnia means you regularly have problems sleeping and find it hard to go to sleep and also wake up several times during the night.

Those suffering can like awake at night and still feel tired after waking up, and may find it hard to nap even though they're tired. It can also cause problems with concentration and irritability during the day.

The most common causes of insomnia are stress, anxiety or depression, noise, a room that's too hot or cold. uncomfortable beds, alcohol, caffeine or nicotine, illegal drugs like cocaine or ecstasy, jet lag and shift work.