If someone has insomnia it means they regularly have problems with sleeping. The good news is that by changing their sleeping habits, sufferers can find that their sleeping can improve. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

You might suffer from insomnia if you regularly:

  • Feel tired after you have woken up
  • Feel irritable and tired during the day
  • Find it hard to concentrate because you are tired
  • Have difficulty taking a nap during the day even if you’re tired
  • Have trouble getting to sleep 
  • Lay awake at night
  • Wake up early and are unable to get back to sleep
  • Wake up several times in the night 

Some people have the above symptoms for months, others can have them for years. 

You can learn more about risk factors and how common insomnia is during pregnancy here.

The Causes of Insomnia

Some of the most common causes of insomnia are: 

  • Alcohol, nicotine, or caffeine
  • Anxiety, depression, or stress
  • An uncomfortable bed
  • A room that’s too cold or hot
  • Jet lag
  • Noise
  • Recreational drugs such as ecstasy or cocaine
  • Shift work

Treating Insomnia 

Changing your sleeping habits can make things better.  You may want to try:

  • Exercising during the day
  • Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day
  • Making sure that your bedroom is quiet and dark 
  • Making sure that your covers, pillows, and your mattress are comfortable
  • Only going to bed when you are tired 

Try to avoid:

  • Drinking coffee, tea, or alcohol at least six hours before you go to bed
  • Driving when you are sleepy
  • Eating a large meal late in the evening 
  • Exercising at least four hours before you go to bed
  • Napping during the day
  • Sleeping on after you have had a bad night’s sleep
  • Watching TV or using a device just before you go to bed 

Where to Get Help 

There is insomnia support in Brayton and the surrounding areas.  You can get help from your local pharmacy, for example. Sleeping aids that are sold at the pharmacy could help you. They will not get rid of your insomnia, they will simply help you to sleep. If you take sleeping aids, please make sure you do not drive the next day as they can make you drowsy. 

You should speak to your doctor about your insomnia if you have changed your sleeping habits but they have not worked.

You should also speak to your doctor if you have had difficulty sleeping for months, or your insomnia makes your daily life hard. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk