Who can have insomnia?

Sleep can be a problem for anyone, but there are particular groups of people that may have specific difficulties:

  • Older people
  • Shift workers
  • Pregnant women
  • Menopausal women

Older people

As you get older it’s very common for your sleep patterns to change. This can start as early as 50.

These changes may include:

  • a decrease in the amount of deep sleep
  • an increase in the amount of light sleep
  • an increase in the number of times you wake up at night
  • falling asleep earlier or later, and waking up earlier

Shift workers

We are naturally wired to sleep at night and be awake during the day. However, shift workers are often on a sleeping schedule that is different to the body’s natural day/night rhythm.

Pregnant women

Pregnancy often causes sleep problems in the first and third trimesters. While you’re pregnant, your body temperature and sleep cycle can change, making it difficult to sleep.

Insomnia can also occur in postnatal depression.

Menopausal women

Menopause can affect your sleep. One of the most common menopausal symptoms is hot flushes, which can change your body temperature and wake you up.