Mental health and wellbeing
Insomnia is difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning.
It's a common problem thought to regularly affect around one in every three people in the UK, and is particularly common in elderly people.
Insomnia can be triggered by a number of possible factors, including worry and stress, underlying health conditions, and alcohol or drug use. Sometimes it's not possible to identify a clear cause.
Insomnia can often be improved by changing your daytime and bedtime habits or by improving your bedroom environment.
Insomnia will often improve by making changes to your bedtime habits. If these don't help, your GP may be able to recommend other treatments.
Our health information team can help you with any questions about insomnia. You can speak to them using BSL through the contactSCOTLAND-BSL service.
Find out how to use the contactSCOTLAND-BSL service
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24 December 2021
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