What causes Insomnia?

By Emily Barker

While there are no official guidelines about how much sleep you should get each night, because everyone is different, what’s important is whether you feel you get enough sleep, and whether your sleep is of good quality.

If you constantly feel tired and your sleep is affecting you day to day life, then it’s likely that you may have a sleep disorder, such as Insomnia. If your sleep is troubling you, you can take our sleep test to see if the problem might be Insomnia.

Insomnia, also known as sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder where people have trouble sleeping. They may have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep as long as they’d like to despite have ample opportunity to sleep.

Commons causes are:

  • lifestyle factors
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bedroom environment
  • physical health conditions

When suffering from Insomnia, it is common for people to resort to taking sleeping tablets, or other medication to provide some relief. However, these drugs don’t address the underlying problem and they can have unpleasant side effects. They can also become less effective over time.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advise against drug intervention for episodes of Insomnia lasting more than 4 weeks, and instead recommend the therapeutic treatment which is used in Sleepstation - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi).

What changes could I make to help me sleep?

If you think you might have Insomnia, there are a number of things you can try to help yourself get a good night’s sleep. These include:

  • setting regular times for going to bed and waking up
  • following a bedtime routine
  • making sure that your bedroom is cool, dark and quiet.
  • avoiding caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, heavy meals and exercise close to bedtime
  • avoiding using bright screens close to bedtime
  • avoiding daytime naps
  • writing a list of your worries and possible solutions before bedtime, to help you forget about them until morning.

If making simple changes doesn’t work for you, then you may need help to tackle the problem.

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