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Insomnia means you regularly have problems sleeping. It usually gets better by changing your sleeping habits.
You have insomnia if you regularly:
You can have these symptoms for months, sometimes years.
Insomnia usually gets better by changing your sleeping habits.
GPs will look for any potential causes for your insomnia.
The most common cause of insomnia is stress, anxiety and depression, noise or other environmental issues and recreational medication such as coffee, alcohol or other drugs. Very rarely thyroid problems or other medical issues may be a problem
GPs now rarely prescribe sleeping pills to treat insomnia. Sleeping pills can have serious side effects and you can become dependent on them.
Sleeping pills are only prescribed for a few days, or weeks at the most, if:
CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy) for insomnia: