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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.

getting to sleep

Symptoms include not being able to switch off, you might go to bed feeling exhausted but your mind is racing. Normally sleep should come within 30 min but in this case, sleep can be delayed for several hours. This leads to a lack of sleep which affects daytime wakefulness.

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disturbed sleep

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.

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staying asleep

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.

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sleep anxiety

This builds up over time if you have suffered from sleep concerns over a prolonged period. Whether it’s falling asleep or waking up and being unable to fall back to sleep, you become anxious about sleeping. Tension as bedtime approaches and worry during the day both feed the anxiety.

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waking early

Typically this would see you waking around 3am and then being unable to fall back to sleep.

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daytime wakefulness

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.

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Common Sleep Concerns