What is Insomnia?
It is the most common type of sleep disorder and is characterised by the inability to get the amount of sleep required to wake up feeling refreshed and rested. This sleep disorders can be serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental, social and emotional functioning. It takes it’s toll on your energy, mood and ability to function during the day, and impacts on cognitive function, and alertness. Insomnia can be caused by a wide variety of issues, and is often very difficult to diagnose.
What causes it?
Poor sleep can be caused by numerous factors. It is often connected to lifestyle, but can also be caused by physical and mental health conditions. Things to consider:
- Are you stressed or anxious? This will affect how you sleep
- Is the sleeping environment suitable? Being too hot or cold, or an uncomfortable bed can have an impact
- Have you had caffeine or alcohol before going to bed?
- Jet lag and shift working may have an impact
- Certain physical conditions such as heart problems
- Mental health problems
- Certain medication, so always read the instruction
How can it be treated?
If lack of sleep is affecting your daily life, it may be time to see your GP who may suggest some form of cognitive therapy or sleeping tablets as a last resort.
However in the meantime, there are many things to try in order to get a better night’s sleep:
- Relax before going to bed – a warm bath may help
- Consider blackout blinds or a slumber mask so it’s as dark as possible
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine before bed as these are all stimulants
- Avoid watching TV or using tablets and computers immediately before going to bed
- Avoid sleeping during the day
- Write down things that are worrying you or things you need to remember
- Plug in SoeMac to bring increased energy to the oxygen, which should help you to sleep better and wake feeling more refreshed and energise