Bupa UK defines insomnia as ‘when you find it difficult to get to sleep, or to stay asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning. It can affect your quality of life if you feel tired and find it hard to concentrate during the day. Insomnia is thought to affect a third of people in the UK’. Click here for further information.
Causes of insomnia are numerous and an overactive mind is common. The more a person struggles with difficult sleep, the more stressed and anxious they may become. It is important to address the underlying causes of not sleeping and a visit to your GP will assist you to talk through your concerns.
Some ways that can help you change your sleeping pattern:
- Start winding down at least one hour before going to bed. Listen to soothing music; have a relaxing bath; lay or sit down and take your mind to your breathing to gently switch off a busy mind.
- Make your bedroom dark and comfortable and a place that you want to relax in.
- Avoid drinking alcohol/caffeine and smoking and try replacing with water or herbal teas.
- Exercise during the day and enjoy the fresh air daily.
Are you a Night Owl?
A person described as a Night Owl tends to stay up until late at night, or the early hours of the morning. They often find that they are more creative and can enjoy working at night, or listening to music or watching a movie. Wikipedia states ‘Night owls who are involuntarily unable to fall asleep for several hours after a normal time may have delayed sleep phase syndrome. In this case, it is important to seek advice from your GP and to follow the strategies above to help with this sleep pattern.
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