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We understand that experiencing insomnia and struggling to get a good nights sleep can be quite frustrating. Insomnia may arise from factors such as stress, anxiety, uncomfortable sleeping conditions, room temperature, and shift work so it is important to identify the root cause of this so we can work on strategies to manage this.

If you find yourself experiencing insomnia, here are some strategies you can implement in your day to day routine to help improve this:

Avoid nicotine and alcohol: A common misconception is that these substances can make you feel more relaxed to help you get to sleep, when in fact, it does the opposite. Nicotine and alcohol can disrupt the structure of sleep and can stop you from getting a good night’s rest.

Limit caffeine: Try a steer away from this after midday as caffeine is a stimulant and can disrupt sleep and lower your sleep quality.

Increase exercise during the daytime: Short bursts of physical activities can help increase your productivity and energy levels however please avoid intense exercise just before bed.

Limit screen time: It’s best to limit your screen time throughout the day when you can, but it is especially important to avoid looking at a screen for at least 30 minutes before bedtime. The brightness of a device screen imitates sunlight and can trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime or time to wake up, when you want to be preparing your body for sleep.

If you have trialled the tips above, and you are still struggling with your sleep or concerned about your symptoms please reach out to our Medical Support team. You can easily message them here for guidance and support.