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If you can't sleep:
If you cannot get to sleep, or you wake up and can't get back to sleep after 20 minutes or so:
Adults can have insomnia due to:
Children may have problems sleeping if they:
Before bed, try:
Melatonin is a hormone that your body produces naturally. It is produced by the pineal gland in the brain, but it is also found in other areas such as the eyes, bone marrow and gut.
Melatonin is often called the “sleep hormone” as high levels can help you fall asleep.
Melatonin itself will not knock you out, it simply lets your body know that it is night-time so you can relax and fall asleep easier. Melatonin secretion decreases as you age. This natural decline may potentially lead to poor sleep in older adults. For certain patient groups your pharmacist may be able to recommend it for a 30-day course.
Magnesium for Sleep:
Additional magnesium in your diet has the potential to help you sleep better. While researchers recognise that magnesium plays an important role in sleep regulation, they do not fully understand the effect of magnesium on sleep behaviours.
What is clear from the research is that a lack of magnesium negatively impacts sleep. A serious shortage of magnesium in the body is rare. However, some of the signs of insufficient magnesium in your diet are muscle weakness and tiredness. Anxiety and depression also correlate with low magnesium levels6, and both anxiety and depression can contribute to insomnia. (sleepfoundation.org).
A good night’s sleep is important for your wellbeing. Everyone likes to have a good night's sleep, but not everyone sleeps well all the time. Having sleeping problems on a regular basis is called insomnia. Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or not feeling refreshed from sleep. Insomnia can affect people differently and can affect your daily life.
The amount of sleep needed varies from person to person. Some people need as little as four to five hours, while others need much more. There is no right amount of sleep that everyone has to have.
Signs and symptoms:
What causes insomnia:
Insomnia can have many causes - emotional, physical and environmental. Adults and children may have different reasons for their sleeping problems. The problems may become worse if you worry about it.
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