Insomnia happens when a person is unable to get to sleep, stay asleep or get a decent nights sleep. It can be caused by a wide variety of issues, including stress and worry, depression and chronic illness. It is most common in older people, although many young people also suffer from it.
The illness can be short lived, but may also become chronic. It can be made worse by sleeping during the day and can lead to more serious issues in a person’s personal life, such as irritability at work and/or relationship problems.
There are many ways to try and deal with insomnia. If it is quite short lived, then it may be combated with sleeping pills. However, if it happens often, the underlying issues which are causing it should always be dealt with. Taking small steps, such as ensuring the bedroom is completely dark and noise proof, having a comfortable bed, not watching television in bed and trying not to consume caffeine or nicotine prior to going to bed, can all help.
If the insomnia is caused by stress or worry, it is important to get to the bottom of these issues, as it is likely they will become worse with lack of sleep. A set routine can also help with insomnia, as can taking regular exercise during the day.
If you are worried about insomnia, and its effects on your quality of life, then you may want to look into hypnotherapy as a way of dealing with it. To find out more about how it could help you, please visit our fact sheet for further information.
Read the BBC News article here.