William lives with his partner and has been retired for about 14 years. He likes to keep active by swimming four days a week and going to a gym class one day a week. He also attends art classes and is a member of a local literature club. William has noticed a change in his sleep over the last couple of years in that he finds he is having very vivid and sometimes difficult dreams. He notices he also has to get up now in the night because of cramp or to go to the toilet, which he never used to do.
William sets his alarm for about seven every morning during the week to go swimming or to go to the gym. Sometimes if he forgets to set his alarm he may sleep through it. William has noticed in the last two years that he is dreaming a lot more and that his dreams are very vivid. They seem to be full of tensions and frustrations where he has tasks to do but cannot achieve them. William has also noticed that if he wakes up in the middle of a dream, when he goes back to sleep he goes straight back into the same dream again.
William also suffers from cramp which is sometimes so painful that he has to get up and walk around. He has some medication for this, but is reluctant to take it all the time because he doesn’t suffer from cramp every night. William also has to sleep with a wedge and two pillows because of health problems and often takes these away with him.
Sometimes after he has been swimming in the morning, William will take the paper into his garden room, which is warm and comfortable, and he finds he may drop off to sleep again for up to an hour. He would rather not do this, but believes it happens because his body needs the sleep.