Our team reviews scientific literature and curates relevant information about sleep and insomnia for our readers. Some articles are available below. If you want to improve your sleep, you can start Sleepstation today.
Your bedroom should be your sleep sanctuary, a comfortable and secure retreat from the stresses and strains of the day. In this article we explore all the elements that go into making your bedroom the perfect place for optimal sleep.
Anxiety’s a normal part of life, but sometimes it can become a problem and interfere with your sleep. In this article, we’ve put together our top tips to help you deal with anxiety and improve your sleep.
There are a number of tools you can use to improve your sleep, ranging from medicines to make you drowsy before going to bed, through to hypnosis and acupuncture. We explain why we think Sleepstation is one of the best options available.
Though it’s only a short term disorder, jet lag can have a real impact on your health and wellbeing while travelling. In this article we’ll explain exactly what jet lag is, what causes it and how to reduce its effects for a more enjoyable travel experience.
Sleep deprivation is a problem on a global scale: we're just not getting the sleep we need. We're going to look at what's fuelling this worldwide lack of sleep and what you can do to ensure you're getting the sleep you need.
There are a lot of claims that CBD can help you sleep, but is there any evidence to back them up? In this article, we’ll explain just what it is about CBD that’s making people turn to it as a sleep aid and whether the science backs up the hype.
Could you be sleeping too much? Maybe daytime sleepiness is interfering with your life and work. This article is for anybody who’s worried they might be sleeping too much or wants to learn more about the causes behind oversleeping, how it affects your health and steps to take if you’re sleeping away your life.
Temazepam (Restoril) is a sleeping pill that has been in use for decades. In this article we look at the history of temazepam, whether it can help you sleep, the potential side effects of taking it and where to turn if you’re looking for drug-free alternatives to help you sleep.
Can magnesium help you sleep? In this article we’re going to look at why magnesium’s been gaining popularity as a sleep aid, the functions of this essential mineral in your body and whether it really can help you get restful sleep.
As the numbers of people diagnosed with sleep apnea continue to rise, even more are living with the disorder without even realising. In this article we’ll explore what causes sleep apnea, how to spot the symptoms and the treatment options if you are diagnosed with different types of sleep apnea.
Are you looking for ways to fall asleep fast at night? Or maybe you want to know how to get back to sleep if you wake in the night? This article’s for you. We’ve reviewed some popular methods for falling asleep fast and added our advice on how to get to sleep quickly at night.
Trazodone is an antidepressant that has been gaining popularity as a sleeping pill. In this article we look at the pros and cons of trazodone and we examine whether it truly is a useful medication for sleep.
You spend roughly a quarter of your time asleep in REM sleep, but what does this mean? In this article we’ll explain exactly what REM sleep is, how it impacts your health and wellbeing and how to make sure you’re getting enough.
There are many reasons why experiencing cancer can affect your sleep. In this article we consider a range of steps that can help to protect and improve your sleep as you deal with a life-changing diagnosis.
More and more people are experiencing so-called ‘long COVID’ following an initial COVID-19 infection. In this article we examine its symptoms and effects and look at how your sleep can be affected...and how improved sleep could help you tackle long COVID.
Thanks to a popular TikTok craze, lettuce has gained a reputation as some kind of miracle sleep aid. In this article we look at the science behind the craze and examine why people have been using lettuce’s medicinal qualities for centuries.
Zopiclone — one of the so-called Z drugs — is primarily used for the short-term treatment of sleep problems. In this article we discuss its potential benefits, reported side effects and how it rates as an effective alternative to benzodiazepines.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus the close relationship between sleep and the immune system. In this article we examine that relationship in detail and consider how a range of infections can challenge your immune system and impact upon your sleep.
Is resting your eyes as good as sleep? There’s a common perception that resting and sleeping are of equal benefit. In this article we debunk that myth and argue the case for sleep over rest every time.
Poor sleep can affect our mental health and our emotional state can impact on our sleep. In this article we explore the close relationship between sleep and mental wellbeing as well as hear from two people who have improved both their sleep and mental health through the Sleepstation programme.
A wide range of medicines are available to help you sleep, but it can be a minefield deciding what’s right for you and whether a drug-free approach might work best. In this article we look at what’s on the market and what you need to know about medicines for sleep.
The true meaning of fatigue remains a hot topic for debate. In this article we examine fatigue’s relationship with sleepiness and tiredness and look at how its symptoms can be identified, treated and controlled.
We know that people with Alzheimer’s disease are more likely to experience sleep disorders. In turn, poor sleep can affect how the brain works. This article looks at the relationship between Alzheimer’s and sleep, examining what can be done to improve the sleep of those with the disease and the people who care for them.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to have treatment for insomnia, or what the best and worst parts are? Are you unsure if/when you should seek help for sleep problems? In this article, we answer these frequently asked questions and more.
The horse racing industry is driven by a dedicated workforce that frequently goes above and beyond in its search for professional excellence. However, a number of demanding roles require focus, alertness and a keen attention to detail. In this article we examine why sleep is so important to those working on horse racing’s front-line and why prioritising a routine that involves regular rest is vital.
Fasting in Ramadan can have a major impact on your sleep habits, with people often experiencing insomnia during this month. We’ve examined where sleep fits into the Islamic faith and how fasting might affect your sleep quality. We’ve also prepared some useful tips on how to return to your usual sleep routine after Ramadan ends
Drugs with sedative side effects are becoming an increasingly common alternative to sleeping tablets in the treatment of insomnia. In this article we focus on quetiapine — often marketed as Seroquel in the USA — and look at whether or not it’s an effective treatment for patients struggling with their sleep.
From time to time you might ask yourself ‘why can’t I sleep?’ It’s a familiar question and there’s no simple answer. However, in this article we look at why you might be struggling to sleep and what you can do to get back on track.
Can weighted blankets ease the pressure on sleep? In this article, we examine the evidence to uncover the truth behind an increasingly popular approach to improving sleep.
Amitriptyline is an increasingly popular choice for the treatment of insomnia but is it right for you and does it really work? In this article we look at the history of the drug, its side effects and its effectiveness as a prescribed sleep aid.
Looking for the most comfortable mattress? Thinking about buying a new bed? In this article, sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley warns against an impulse purchase and explains why it’s worth investing time and money in search of the most comfortable sleep.
Movement at night — whether you’re fast asleep or wide awake — can impact significantly on a good night’s rest for you and your partner. In this article, we look at uncontrollable limbs and painful leg cramps and how you can take back control of both.
The phrase ‘sleep hygiene’ is commonly used when talking about tips and techniques to help you get to sleep and stay asleep. But what are the origins of the phrase and what does it mean today?
CBN oil is increasingly promoted as a popular sleep aid but can the cannabis extract really help you achieve a better night’s rest? In this article we break down CBN and consider its potential benefits for those suffering from poor sleep.
To track or not to track? In this article we discuss whether the new generation of hi-tech wearables provide a clear and accurate picture of your sleeping habits.
Zolpidem — one of the so-called Z drugs — is primarily used for the short-term treatment of sleep problems. In this article we discuss its potential benefits, reported side effects and how it rates as an effective alternative to benzodiazepines.
Drowsy driving is dangerous driving. In this article, we outline the threat of sleep deprivation to drivers — providing an insight into this silent killer and expert advice for those thinking of taking a trip despite feeling tired.
Sleep disorders are extremely common during the menopause so we’ve gone deep into the literature to examine just why this transition can have such a dramatic effect on your sleep. Read on to find out how you can optimise your sleep during the menopause.
Movember wasn’t meant to coincide with a second national lockdown but there’s never been a greater focus on men’s physical and mental health. In this article Dr Neil Stanley considers men’s relationship with sleep and explains why good sleep boosts health across the board.
Sexsomnia is a very rare but frighteningly real sleep disorder. In this article we uncover the truth behind this parasomnia that divides legal teams and disrupts lives.
It’s well known that drinking coffee and alcohol can affect your sleep. But what about smoking? We take a look at nicotine’s impact on sleep and why quitting cigarettes could boost your health.
When it comes to weight gain we face a triple threat. Everybody knows that poor diet and a lack of exercise can lead to piling on the pounds, but missing out on quality sleep can be just as damaging to our waistlines.
Are dark mornings getting you down? Do you struggle to climb out from under your duvet during the cold, winter months? You’re not alone. In this article, we look at why darkness affects our sleep and mental health and how we can wake up to a better day during winter.
Depression is synonymous with poor sleep and vice versa. In this article we explore the relationship between two uncomfortable bedfellows and consider how to break a debilitating cycle.
There’s been a lot of debate over whether we should continue to move the clocks back and forward for Daylight Saving Time. In this article we dig into the history of these clock changes and debate the pros and cons of a controversial decision.
Sleep paralysis is relatively common but commonly misunderstood. In this article sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley goes behind the headlines to examine its root causes, consider possible solutions and determine how sleep paralysis gained its fearful reputation.
Plenty of people enjoy a weekend lie-in and who can blame them? In this article, we look at the science to see if they’re really as good for us as they feel.
Negative thought at bedtime can stop you sleeping and poor sleep can increase your negative thinking. This can develop into a vicious cycle of negative thoughts and poor sleep. In this article, we show you how to banish negative thoughts, break the cycle and get back to sleeping well.
Snoring is an irritating, and occasionally serious, sleep disorder. In this article sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley discusses the causes of snoring, its potential impact and possible solutions.
How often do we hear about the epidemic of sleep disorders? Virtually never. Yet, just as with COVID-19, problems with sleep also cause illness, increase the strain on health services, affect economies and interfere with our daily lives. Just not in ways that are immediately and glaringly visible.
Have you ever wondered why hot and cold rooms affect your sleep? Or why you sleep better in some clothes than in others? In this article we discover how it’s all down to the body’s sensitivity to changes in temperature.
Mirtazapine is an antidepressant which may be useful as a sleep aid for people with insomnia. In this article we look at what’s currently known about how this drug works and whether it may be suitable as a treatment for chronic insomnia.
On-demand services allow us to watch what we want, when we want. But is ‘just one more episode’ harming your sleep? Problems can arise when ‘binge watching’ becomes more important than sleep. Read on to find out how you can keep enjoying Netflix and get good quality sleep.
Modern life isn’t easy, if you find yourself awake unable to sleep due to worrying intrusive thoughts then thought blocking might be the answer.
It’s not always possible to resolve sleep problems by yourself and you may find that you need help from a doctor or specialist sleep service. If you’ve been sleeping badly for more than four weeks we’d recommend you seek advice. Here’s a guide to accessing insomnia treatment on the NHS.
In our recent survey, women reported experiencing more vivid dreams during lockdown. In this article, Dr Neil Stanley explains the science of dream sleep and offers an answer to why this might be happening.
Shift work is notorious for disrupting sleep, but it is possible to be able to sleep regularly and consistently even if you’re a shift worker. Find out how.
We don’t want you to have to worry about sleep on top of everything else. This guide outlines some very effective techniques to improve sleep that are quite easy to implement.
Poor sleep can cause lots of problems and when it’s not treated, those problems can last for decades. Thankfully, it’s also very treatable. Read on to find out how we do it.
Despite the anxiety and disruption caused by the current restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, this could be the ideal opportunity to improve your sleep. Dr Stanley offers practical advice to improve sleep and a free downloadable guide to better sleep.
With so many terms flying about, we thought we’d provide you with a clear, fact-based explanation of what social distancing means. We’ll explain why it’s so important and how your actions can help in the fight against COVID-19.
Getting good quality sleep is essential for physical and mental wellbeing. In this article we discuss the facts and dispel some of the myths surrounding sleep and immunity. We’ll also provide you with some evidence-based advice in response to the current coronavirus situation.
A good wind-down routine can help you to sleep better at night. In this article we explore how your evening activities can influence your sleep and share our expert tips and advice to help you create the perfect wind-down routine.
Many of us check our social media accounts just before we go to sleep, but did you know that this can actually be a really bad idea if you want a good night’s rest? Read on to find out just how your social media habits can impact on your sleep.
Although often thought of as the ‘sleep hormone’, melatonin does not put us to sleep. So what does it do? Can it really help us sleep? Is there a reason it’s not widely licensed for use in the UK?
Did you know that your sleep changes throughout the night? In this article we explore what’s really going on in your brain and body as you pass through each of the stages of sleep and we discuss simple lifestyle changes to keep your sleep on track.
We’re often told that we need to get a solid eight hours of sleep per night, but in fact your sleep need is as individual as you are. Here we discuss the factors that determine how much sleep you need in order to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
It’s that time of year when many of us start to consider our New Year’s resolutions. If you really want to make your resolutions stick this year then read on to find out how better sleep can help you achieve your goals.
Christmas is the time to eat, drink and be merry and good sleep can actually help you enjoy the festivities more. This article is packed full of helpful tips and expert advice to ensure the best sleep possible during the festive season.
We look at the effect of sleep on heart health, and how important it is to get the right amount of sleep to reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack.
Unlike a course of sleeping pills, sleep improvements from a course of sleep restriction therapy last for many months after treatment. Dr Mulla explains what makes this technique so effective.
Sound-based alarm clocks are incredibly popular, but they might not result in the best start to your day. This article looks at why sound-based alarms can affect your daytime functioning and explores alternative options that may help you achieve a more natural wake up.
Sleeping pills? Lavender on the pillow? Insomnia can be difficult to manage on your own but you don’t have to struggle with sleepless nights. Help is available.
The benefits of a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated. If you’re feeling sleep deprived, or know someone who is, then now is the time to do something about it.
Alcohol has been used as a sleep aid for thousands of years but the science tells us that drinking before bed rarely guarantees a good night’s sleep. Here we find out why alcohol and sleep are uncomfortable bedfellows.
You’re much more likely to sleep badly when you’re dealing with stress but there are many ways to de-stress before bed. In this article we focus on seven proven approaches to beating stress when you’re ready for bed.
Ever got to the office and headed straight to the coffee machine? Often find yourself worrying about work in bed? Reguarly check work emails late into the evening? For Mental Health Awareness Week we explore how the modern workplace contributes to sleep problems and explain what can be done about it.
Find Monday mornings tough? Ever thought your team could benefit from more sleep? Try our seven-day sleep-friendly workplace challenge for a more energized, more productive and happier workforce.
Does Sunday leave you tired? Do you find yourselfwaking in the night? You're not alone. Sleepstation has been helping people get better sleep since 2012 and we have decided to take some time to talk about what we have learned from reviewing 100 years of sleep diaries.
Insomnia can seriously affect your physical and mental health. Its impact on your personal and professional life can be severe but it’s nothing to be ashamed about. In this article we look at why it’s important to be open about insomnia in the workplace.
If you’re gripped with fear about sleeping in a bed with your partner, here are seven top tips to help you get the rest you need. Research has come a long way in recent years, with these helpful hints you can take the first step to get a better night’s sleep with your loved one.
Money worries can cost you quality sleep at the best of times. Add in a global pandemic and the stress can become overbearing. In this article we look at how financial concerns can affect your sleep and provide some tips for fixing the problem.
Between busy work schedules, house duties and general life admin, it can be hard to set aside time to just relax. Whether alone or with loved ones, making time for downtime can be a challenge. Find out how better sleep could lead to better relationships.
We all get tired after exercise, but why does it help you sleep at night? Regular exercise helps us sleep better and alleviates symptoms of insomnia.
Pregnancy is an exciting time for most women, but hormonal changes can lead to sleep disturbance.
If your sleep problem is affecting your daily life, then you may have a sleep disorder, such as insomnia.
Insomnia is the world’s most common sleep disorder, but why do some people suffer more than others?
Everyone sleeps, but why? Unlocking the mysteries of our bedtime habits.
We all know that caffeine makes us feel more alert, but what affect does it really have on our sleep?
Ever found yourself awake in the middle of the night unable to stop thinking? Found yourself lying there wide awake counting down how long you’ve got left to get some sleep? Found yourself overreacting to trivial things? If so, our tips for improving sleep to cope with life’s stresses should help.
Did you know a good night’s sleep can help you lose weight? There is a clear link between sleep and weight. In fact, too little of the former can cause too much of the latter. Find out how treating your insomnia could help you lose weight.