What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a symptom, not a disease it is the inability to get to sleep or stay asleep.

Are there different kinds of Insomnia?


Sleep onset insomnia occurs at the start of the night when the person cannot get to sleep.

But just as problematic is when a person wakes during the night or wakes too early. This is called sleep maintenance insomnia. 

What is the normal amount of sleep I should be getting?

Everyone differs in the amount of sleep they need and everyone’s perception of what a good night’s sleep is, also differs. The average person should be getting around 7 hours sleep although as we age we need a little less.

What is the cause of Insomnia?

Insomnia can be caused by a whole list of things some of which include

  • changes in lifestyle
  • stress at work or home
  • other environmental issues
  • medications
  • chronic pain

What can be done about my Insomnia?

For short term insomnia you can try the following

  • Don’t nap during the day.
  • Cut down on smoking and drinking.
  • Avoid tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks before bed.
  • Don’t exercise strenuously before bedtime.
  • Do something to relax, such as meditate or have a warm bath.
  • Only go to bed if you feel sleepy.
  • Go to bed later.
  • Stop reading, worrying or watching television in bed and limit your activities in the bedroom to sleeping and sex.
  • If you can’t sleep, get up, go to another room and do something else until you feel sleepy again.
  • Get up at the same time every morning regardless of how much sleep you have had.
  • Avoid ‘judging’ your sleep on a day-to-day basis.

Is Insomnia a serious problem?

Insomnia can be an indication of a more serious problem such as Sleep Apnea. 

Is there a test for Insomnia?

There is no test for insomnia so clear details and symptoms need to be discussed with us in order to make a diagnosis.


Please call our centre on 02 9264 9120 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to discuss your insomnia problem.

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