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Insomnia: Understanding and Coping with Sleep Deprivation

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterised by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early in the morning. Insomnia can be a short-term issue or a chronic problem, and it can have a significant impact on your daily life.


If you have insomnia, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling asleep

  • Waking up frequently during the night

  • Waking up too early in the morning

  • Feeling tired or unrefreshed after a night’s sleep

  • Daytime drowsiness, fatigue, or irritability

  • Difficulty concentrating, paying attention, or remembering things


Insomnia can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Stress, anxiety, or depression

  • Chronic medical conditions, such as chronic pain, asthma, or heart disease

  • Medications or substances that affect sleep, such as caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine

  • Changes in your sleep schedule, such as traveling across time zones or working a night shift

  • Environmental factors, such as noise, light, or temperature


If you are experiencing symptoms of insomnia, it is important to see a doctor or sleep specialist. Your doctor will ask you about your sleep patterns and habits, as well as your medical and mental health history. They may also conduct a physical examination and order a sleep study to help diagnose the underlying cause of your insomnia.


Treatment for insomnia depends on the underlying cause. Here are some of the most common treatments:

  • Behavioral therapies: This type of therapy can help you change your sleep habits and routines to promote better sleep.

  • Medications: Your doctor may prescribe sleep aids to help you fall asleep or stay asleep.

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I): This type of therapy focuses on changing negative thoughts and behaviours related to sleep.

  • Relaxation techniques: Breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation can help calm your mind and reduce stress and anxiety.


Here are some tips to help prevent insomnia:

  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.

  • Create a relaxing sleep environment: Make your bedroom quiet, dark, and cool to promote better sleep.

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine: These substances can interfere with sleep.

  • Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help improve sleep, but be sure to finish your workout at least a few hours before bedtime.

  • Manage stress: Practice stress-reducing techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga, to help you sleep better.

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can have a significant impact on your daily life. By understanding the causes and symptoms of insomnia, as well as the available treatments and prevention strategies, you can work with your doctor to find the best solution for you. With the right help, you can regain control over your sleep and enjoy a more restful and rejuvenating night’s sleep.


There are several therapy options for Insomnia available at our clinics in Preston & Penwortham depending on your independent problem, needs and goals including counselling, CBT, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.



To find out more about our therapy options and to receive a recommendation on which therapy would be most appropriate for you, please click on the button below to book a free consultation.

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