Insomnia is when you regularly have problems with your sleeping. You might find it extremely hard to fall or stay asleep which can make you feel tired as soon as you wake up. About 1/3 of the population suffers from sleep problems and it is very common in elderly people. Click the button below to go to the NHS Sleep Assessment Tool.
There may not always be an obvious cause to sleep problems but here are some common causes which affect people's sleep:
You may be diagnosed with insomnia or a sleep problem if you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms:
There are many methods of trying to treat insomnia and sleep problems. If you want to try and treat the problem yourself at home, try the following:
Try to cut down or stop the following to try and regulate sleep problems:
Sleep problems and insomnia can have severe effects on mental health. If you are struggling with your sleep and the tips above have not helped then visit your local pharmacy advice. They may give you some sleeping aids but these can have some negative side effects such as drowsiness the next day or being unable to drive.
If you have tried the above options and sleeping aids then you should visit your doctor if: