…is not uncommon. Most people will at some point in time, experience problems sleeping. Up to about 30% of people in the UK have regular episodes of insomnia and it tends to be more common in women.
Insomnia can present as difficulty getting to sleep or waking in the night and then not being able to go back to sleep. For sufferers this becomes a problem because they can’t feel rested and refreshed the next morning, even though they’ve had enough opportunity to sleep.
Of course, no two people need the same amount of sleep – age, lifestyle, personality, all play a part in determining the amount of sleep you need.
The most common symptoms of insomnia are:
- difficulty falling asleep
- waking up during the night
- waking up early in the morning
- feeling irritable and tired and finding it difficult to function during the day
What causes insomnia?
Stress and anxiety are the most common causes of insomnia, but it can also be caused by some other conditions such as depression, some medications and alcohol.