It should be the simplest thing in the world to go to sleep.

I mean how complex can an innate ability be?

Simply lie down close your eyes and relax and away you go. However for millions of people (60 million to be exact), it simply isn’t that easy and falling asleep just doesn’t happen.

Trying to sleep and not being able to, for a single night is highly frustrating, but the same frustration night after night can lead you to the edge of madness.

WHAT IS IT?

Insomnia is not necessarily a total lack of ability to sleep, is can also be characterised as an inability to remain asleep for a sufficient period of time. Irrespective of how tied they are, they either do not sleep or are in such a light sleep that they fail to remain asleep for long periods, this leaves them feeling tired upon waking.

 

Symptoms of this can include

– Headaches

– Irritability

– Lack of concentration

– Taking 30mins + to fall asleep

– Feeling tired upon waking

– Waking multiple times in the night

– Waking very early and not being able to get back to sleep

– Getting the best sleep using sleeping pills or alcohol

 

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE IT?

 

One of the main ways of knowing if you have insomnia or struggle with sleep is if you are a highly stressed person. Some ways of trying to work this out are by asking yourself the following questions

Do you struggle to totally relax? Do you struggle to slow you mind down? Are you constantly thinking of to do lists? Thinking of problems? Thinking of things you have to get done? Are these the last thing on your mind at night?

The above type of questions, are what you should be asking yourself to understand if you are stressed out.

Another way you can assess if you are struggling with sleep is to look at the different types of insomnia, to see if you fall under any of the definitions

  • Transient insomnia

This lasts for a few days only

  • Short-term insomnia

This lasts no more than 3 weeks

  • Chronic insomnia

This is when a person has difficulty with sleep (including waking up not refreshed) 3 or more nights a week, for 1 month or longer.

 

If any of the above definitions seem to familiar to you, then you need to improve you sleep quality.

 

Look up Insomnia (Part 2) for tips on how to start to improve your sleep.