Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you hate your bed – is it a place of mental torture rather than restful sleep? As tired as you might feel, do you fail to sleep once your head hits the pillow? Do you wake during the night?
Don’t worry, there is a cure.
The ICD-10 and the DSM-V each have similar definitions of insomnia:
Difficulty Initiating Sleep (Difficulty falling asleep)
Difficulty Maintaining Sleep (Waking up in the middle of the night)
Early morning awakening without being able to return to sleep
- Occurs for at least 3 nights per week for 3 months
At least 40 million Americans and 8 million English people suffer from chronic insomnia.
You are not alone.
Insomnia can result in fatigue, irritability, sleepiness, weight gain, a weakened immune system and chronic pain; it can make mental illnesses (including depression and anxiety) worse and will almost certainly lead to diminished performance in the workplace.