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Sleep problems in adult life

Sleeping too little (Insomnia)

You may feel that you aren’t getting enough sleep or that, even if you do get the hours, you just aren’t getting a good night’s rest.

Many everyday things can stop you from sleeping well:

  • the bedroom may be too noisy, too hot or too cold
  • the bed may be uncomfortable or too small
  • you don’t have a regular sleep routine
  • you partner has a different pattern of sleep from you
  • you aren’t getting enough exercise
  • you eat too late – and find it hard to get off to sleep
  • you go to bed hungry – and wake up too early
  • cigarettes, alcohol and drinks containing caffeine, such as tea and coffee
  • illness, pain or a high temperature.

More serious reasons include:

    • emotional problems
    • difficulties at work
    • anxiety and worry
    • depression – you wake very early and can’t get back to sleep
    • thinking over and over about problems – usually without getting anywhere with them.

physical problems including:

      • heart disease, such as angina or heart failure
      • respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma
      • neurological disease, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease
      • hormone problems, such as an overactive thyroid
      • joint or muscle problems, such as fibromyalgia or arthritis
      • gastroinestonal disease, such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or irritable bowel syndrome
      • genital or urinary problems, such as incontinence or an enlarged prostate
      • long-term pain.


  • stopping tranquillisers and sleeping tablets
  • slimming tablets
  • melatonin – occasionally
  • many medications can do this – check with your doctor
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