What is insomnia?
Having trouble falling or staying asleep is common. It can leave you feeling sleepy and lacking energy during the day.
Getting a good night’s sleep is not about the number of hours of sleep you get — this is different for everyone and can change over time. What matters most is the quality of sleep.
If you have difficulty falling or staying asleep, or if you wake up too early in the morning, it could suggest that the quality of your sleep is not as good as it could be. Insomnia is the medical term for this type of sleeping problem.
What can cause insomnia?
There are many of reasons why someone might be having trouble sleeping. These can be very individual, however some common reasons can include:
- Personal issues, such as grief or stress
- A noisy or disruptive environment
- Some medical conditions such as chronic pain or arthritis
- Psychiatric disorders
- Use of alcohol, caffeine or nicotine
- Some medicines