Everyone has trouble sleeping once in awhile, but if you consistently struggle to get to sleep, or wake often during the night - you may have insomnia.
Insomnia is a very common condition - affecting millions of people in the UK, particularly older people.
Common symptoms include difficulty getting to sleep, problems getting enough sleep and still feeling tired after what should have been a decent night’s sleep.
Some people who suffer from insomnia might only get it now and again, while others can have episodes that last months and sometimes even years.
Long-term bouts of insomnia can have a severe impact on daily life, causing a range of knock-on effects, like irritability, inability to concentrate and even relationship problems.
If you think you might be suffering from insomnia, talk to one of our GPs now.
They’ll be able to discuss your symptoms, diagnose how severe your problem is and work with you to commence a course of treatment to get the issue sorted.
Insomnia can have a range of causes, from lifestyle factors like drinking too much coffee or alcohol before heading to bed, stress and as a side effect of certain types of medication.
Sleeping troubles can also be brought on by mental health conditions like depression, medical issues like heart problems and a poor sleeping environment.
Treating insomnia usually begins by identifying and eliminating any mental or physical health conditions that may be causing sleep problems or making them worse.
In certain cases, therapy may be prescribed - particularly a special kind of cognitive behavioural therapy designed to tackle insomnia.
Sleeping tablets are usually only prescribed as a short-term solution in the very worst cases, since these can become a crutch for insomnia sufferers and can be highly addictive.
Medication like this should only be used for a couple of days, since they do nothing to address the root cause of insomnia and tend to lose effectiveness over time.
If you’re suffering from insomnia - don’t delay. Get the help you need today by talking to one of our expert GPs online now: