common sleep concerns
Often it’s the simplest things that bring greatest reward. This may sound like a cliché, but it’s true of sleep. A good night’s sleep is the ultimate life affirming tonic. But as we all know an undisturbed night isn’t always easy to come by - especially in today’s modern world where we’re expected to be ‘switched on’ 24 hours a day.
Over the last decade we have taken calls and emails from 1000s of customers suffering with disrupted sleep patterns. On this page you’ll find the most often reported sleep concerns we hear, their symptoms, health and well-being implications and our recommendations for helping to re-set your sleep.
It is important for us to point out that these concerns and recommendations relate specifically to temporary periods of sleeplessness – the kind of nights of racing minds or tossing and turning we all experience from time to time. If you have a long-standing sleep problem or experience disrupted sleep at least three nights a week for over three months (ruling out a life crisis...) we would urge you to speak with your doctor, to ensure there is no underlying problem. For more information on chronic sleep disorders or to assess your own sleep visit NHS Choices.
Being woken by outside disturbance from neighbours, young children, traffic, a snoring partner, causes its own problems. Disturbed sleep is similar to restless sleep, but outside your control. It disrupts sleep’s natural rhythm which runs through several phases and is vital for a full, restorative night’s sleep. It also feeds anxiety around sleep – if you’re constantly worrying about being woken up, you become sensitive to the slightest sound.
Sleep may come but is interspersed with waking up and difficulty getting back to sleep. Tossing and turning, being unable to relax both physically and mentally leave you tired and irritable in the morning. Although similar to disturbed sleep, here you are in control. A restless night with poor quality sleep can leave you feeling bleary eyed and affect energy during the day.
Typically this would see you waking around 3am and then being unable to fall back to sleep.
Meaning how awake and full of energy you feel during the day. It is a measure of how well you can cope with daily tasks after sleep. We often attribute morning grogginess to experiencing insufficient sleep at night but it can also be symptomatic of insufficient of fragmented sleep during the first part of your night – when you’d normally be in a deep sleep.