When did insomnia start to disrupt your sleep?
I have had insomnia for about six years - there was no obvious reason why I started struggling with my sleep...it just crept up on me and before long left me unable to function properly in my day to day life.
Typically how long does it take you to fall asleep?
I am usually so exhausted by bedtime I fall asleep within 30-40 minutes, but then I wake up around 2.30am/3.30am and can’t get back to sleep.
How often do you wake during the night?
It varies. Some nights I wake around 2.30/3am and then drift in and out of sleep (that’s a “good” night’s sleep for me). Other nights, I wake around 3.30/4am and can’t get back to sleep until around 6 am when I finally get very light sleep as I am so exhausted, but then struggle to get up.
What works in helping you get to sleep or back to sleep?
Being the right temperature - not too hot, not too cold. I also take two paracetamol if I haven’t slept well for longer than 4 nights as I really find that does give me a better night’s sleep. I have to have my hair up, a lightweight natural duvet, 100% linen bedsheets, it must be completely dark in the room, a very comfortable mattress and I use Lush Sleepy body cream on my chest (I swear by this).
What do you find makes things worse?
Alcohol, not drinking enough water in the day, too much screen time before bed, or not having any of the above.
To feel good the next day how much sleep do you need?
Six to seven hours - uninterrupted - not light sleep.