Summary

While there are no official guidelines about how much sleep you should get each night, because everyone is different, what's important is whether you feel you get enough sleep, and whether your sleep is of good quality.

If you constantly feel tired and your sleep is affecting you day to day life, then it’s likely that you may have a sleep disorder, such as insomnia. If your sleep is troubling you, you can take our sleep assessment to see if the problem might be insomnia.

Commons causes are:

  • lifestyle factors
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bedroom environment
  • physical health conditions

When suffering from insomnia, it is common for people to resort to taking sleeping tablets, or other medication to provide some relief. However, these drugs don't address the underlying problem and they can have unpleasant side effects. They can also become less effective over time.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advise against drug intervention for episodes of insomnia lasting more than 4 weeks, and instead recommend the therapeutic treatment which is used in Sleepstation - CBTi (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia).

There are a number of things you can try to help yourself get a good night's sleep if you have insomnia. These include:

  • setting regular times for going to bed and waking up
  • following a bedtime routine
  • making sure that your bedroom environment is dark, cool and quiet.
  • avoiding caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, heavy meals and exercise close to bedtime
  • avoiding using bright screens close to bedtime
  • not napping during the day
  • writing a list of your worries and possible solutions before bedtime, to help you forget about them until morning.