There are 3 main categories of insomnia, such as sleep onset insomnia, and it is possible to experience all of them at the same time.
Sleep Onset Insomnia is where you find it difficult to fall asleep.
This type of insomnia is particularly prominent in shift workers, or those with jet lag. Simply put, it means your body is not quite ready for sleep, despite it being late at night or feeling tired. It is common in those who have irregular bedtimes throughout the week.
Stress and anxiety can also contribute to difficulties falling asleep as well as a chaotic, busy lifestyle, but it is considered to be one of the more straight forward issues to resolve.
Because Sleep Onset Insomnia is your body’s way of telling you it is not ready for sleep, the most recommended tip is to set yourself a bedtime and calming night time routine. By sticking to the routine and going to bed at the same time every night, your circadian rhythm will slowly adjust and you should start to fall asleep easier.
It is also possible that your bedroom environment is causing you to have difficulty falling asleep. If your mattress is more than 8 years old or feels uncomfortable, it may be time to shop for a new one. Being comfortable in bed can make a big difference to the time taken to fall asleep.
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