Everyone has problems sleeping at times. We all have nights where we find it hard to fall asleep, find ourselves waking up in the night worrying or have dreams that disturb us. This is perfectly normal. Often, these problems will resolve themselves after a short period of time. But if you are affected by mental illness, sleep can be a challenge.

Some mental health problems, for example depression, can also make you feel agitated, anxious or unable to relax and this can make sleeping difficult too. Getting enough sleep is important for both your physical and mental health. Most people need around 7-9 hours uninterrupted sleep every night, though some people are fine on less than this.

If you have insomnia, you may:

  • find it difficult to fall asleep
  • lie awake for long periods at night
  • wake up several times during the night
  • wake up early in the morning and not be able to get back to sleep
  • not feel refreshed when you get up
  • find it hard to nap during the day, despite feeling tired
  • feel tired and irritable during the day and have difficulty concentrating

Persistent insomnia can have a significant impact on your quality of life. It can limit what you’re able to do during the day, affect your mood, and lead to relationship problems with friends, family and colleagues.

How common is sleep disturbance?

  • 30% of adults in the UK are affected by sleep disturbance
  • 50% of older adults suffer from insomnia
  • sleep disturbance is more common in women, children and older adults

How can we help?

You will first need an assessment with one of our therapists. You will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what situation you are facing and decide what best suits your needs via the telephone or in person.

To speak to someone in confidence for advice or to arrange an appointment please contact our team on Freephone 0800 230 0688

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