Why can’t I sleep?

Insomnia generally refers to trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. The effects of insomnia include feeling tired and unrefreshed during the day.

The most common causes of insomnia are mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress. Other factors can include lifestyle and behaviours such as diet and alcohol intake. Shift workers often suffer from insomnia due to disruption to their circadian rhythms. Some people find that insomnia can creep up as they get older or after a bout of ill health, or during times of stress and they find it difficult to get back to their old routine.

The good news is, cognitive- behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) is proven and recommended by the NHS as an effective treatment for insomnia. By looking at how our thoughts and behaviours affect our sleep it is possible to improve the quality of our sleep. If you suffer from insomnia then visit the Sleep-therapy website and contact me for further help and support.

kathryn pinkham