Getting a good night of refreshing, natural sleep helps us all wake up feeling ready to make the most of the day and tackle life’s challenges head on. If you’re having trouble sleeping, we’ve put together some help and advice below.
You’re not alone if you are having sleeping problems.
In fact one in three people suffer from poor sleep - as many as 21 million people.
Spot the signs so you can do something about it.
Do you lie in bed for long periods unable to drop off?
Are you easily disturbed from sleep, do you feel like you toss and turn all night?
Do you repeatedly wake, without really knowing why?
Do you wake up and then lie fretting about problems in the day just gone or the day ahead?
Do you wake up long before you need to and find yourself unable to get back to sleep?
If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms then you may be suffering from sleeping trouble and may want to take action now. This can help you feel better about yourself and be more productive.Back to top
In reality most people who experience a short period of sleeping trouble wouldn’t class themselves as having insomnia and don’t seek medical advice.
If your sleeping problems persist for more than 4 weeks you are experiencing persistent insomnia.
It could be caused by high levels of stress and anxiety or a particularly disturbing event. Whatever the cause of your persistent insomnia it is bad for your long term health and you should consult a doctor.
If you would like more advice about insomnia you can visit the NHS website pages on insomnia.
If when you try to address your sleeping problems your symptoms persist beyond 3-4 weeks, you should consult a doctor.
It might seem like you need a lie in to make up for the sleep you haven’t got, but to break a cycle of sleeping problems you need to train your body into a good sleeping pattern.
It’ll only make it harder to get into good sleeping habits.
Alcohol won’t help you sleep properly. If you are having trouble cutting out caffeine, set yourself a time in the day past which you don’t have it.
Both will aid sleep by helping you feel more relaxed.
Exercising at night will actually make you more awake and you’ll find it harder to get to sleep.
It’ll help your body prepare itself for sleep.
No TV, mobile phones or laptops.
Try writing them down before you go to bed.
You spend a third of your life in it!
If you can’t sleep, get up and do something for a while.