The amount of sleep required by each individual varies; some people only need four hours of sleep. However, if you frequently find it difficult to fall asleep, awake easily, or do not have restorative sleep, you are probably suffering from insomnia.
This sleeping disorder is usually related to stress, anxiety, depression, medications, certain illnesses and change in sleeping pattern etc.
Insufficient sleep not only affects your daily activities, but also has adverse effects on your physical and mental wellness. It would lead to weakened immune system and inability in keeping concentration.
Tips for coping with insomnia:
- Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine before bedtime
- Have a regular schedule for rest
- Do regular exercise
- Create a comfortable environment for sleep
- Try to relax before bed, e.g. have a bath
- Avoid having naps after 3 oˇ¦clock in the afternoon
- If you are taking medications, check with your doctor if your sleep is affected.
However, if your sleeping problem has existed for more than a month or has seriously affected your daily activities, you should seek for advice from a psychologist or doctor.