An unsuitable environment can affect sleep
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.
There are many of reasons why someone might be having trouble sleeping. These can be very individual, however some common reasons can include:
Behavioural therapies such as progressive muscle relaxation, breathing exercises, meditation, counselling support and advice (eg, cognitive therapy) and good sleep habits are the best ways to manage sleep problems in the long term.
These non-medicine therapies can take a few weeks to start working, but unlike sleeping pills they:
Talk with your health professional about non-medicine therapies that might be best for your situation and where you can get further information and help. Some tips are listed below:
Treatment for sleep problems can get you back on track
If you have tried our tips and are still having problems with sleep, ask your healthcare professional about other treatment options. They will be able to help find what will work for you and may also refer you to a sleep specialist or a sleep clinic, or suggest you keep a sleep diary.
Your doctor or specialist may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Talk with your doctor or other health professional if you're thinking about starting sleeping pills or they've been recommended to you by family or friends.
In the long term, sleeping tablets are unlikely to help your insomnia and, in some cases, may do more harm than good.
If you're worried you may have had a side effect related to a sleeping pill or any other medicine, seek medical advice.