Insomnia is a symptom, not a disease it is the inability to get to sleep or stay asleep.
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.
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.
Insomnia can be caused by a whole list of things some of which include
For short term insomnia you can try the following
Insomnia can be an indication of a more serious problem such as Sleep Apnea.
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.