A father who suffered with severe sleep deprivation is set to appear in a BBC documentary this week called Goodnight Britain.
Chris Lockley, who lives in Kendal Drive, Flitwick with his fiancé Charlie Lister, stayed overnight at a sleep house and had his sleeping patterns filmed for several weeks for the show.
41-year-old Chris suffers from a condition called shift work disorder, because of the early morning shifts he works as a baker at Tesco.
Chris said: “There was a period of time where my shifts were really messed up, I was working three 3am starts and then a normal day shift and then back to the 3am starts.
“It just completely messed up my body clock. I was really struggling to sleep and because I was so sleep deprived I couldn’t function when I was awake.
“I was missing out on time with my kids, it was just really frustrating.”
Chris’ partner Charlie, 45, got so fed with his interrupted sleep pattern that she decided to look up advice and tips online and ended up filling in a survey about his condition.
The next thing she knew she had received a call from one of the show’s researchers asking her if Chris would be interested in taking part in the BBC programme, which aims to help people who suffer with severe sleep disorders.
Charlie said: “I just got really fed of Chris not being able to sleep, it was starting to affect me. So I went online to find any self-help tips and advice, and I ended up filling out a questionnaire about Chris.
“Then almost straight away we got a phone call, I think they were coming up to a deadline and they hadn’t found anyone with sleep deprivation.
“Chris was a bit hesitant at first, but we thought if it can help us, why not?”
The show focuses around Chris and four other people who suffer with night terrors, insomnia, and sleep apnoea. They were all filmed overnight at a sleep house at Blunham Mill where they underwent a series of tests, including a driving awareness test at Millbrook Proving Ground.
Chris added: “We tried to keep it a bit quiet during the filming, but then they turned up with a big sleepmobile outside our house. They filmed me sleeping at home over a period of a couple of weeks. It was quite weird having cameras at your house all the time, but you kind of got used to it.”
Chris was given several products to help his sleep disorder, including a device to put in his mouth to stop him snoring, blacked-out blinds and an ultra-violet light box.
Chris, who has two children Katie, ten and Lewis, eight, said: “My shifts aren’t quite as bad anymore, but the show has really helped me. It is so much better now. They said I needed something to distinguish between light and day, so the blacked-out blinds block out any sunlight.
“And the ultra-violet light box produces good hormones in your body through really bright artificial light.”
Goodnight Britain airs tonight at 9pm on BBC1 and continues tomorrow at the same time.
For more about the show go to www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p010p74w