Insomnia

I’ve suffered from insomnia on and off for more than 20 years, and write about my personal experience here. You’ll find self-help techniques that have worked for me, and discussions of ways to tackle insomnia in different situations.

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How To Fall Asleep Faster

Are you in bed at the moment, awake and looking for help to fall asleep? Or have sleep problems become a regular and frustrating part of your life? I’ve suffered …

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Paradoxical Insomnia: Do You Sleep Better Than You Think?

Do you sometimes wake up feeling like you hardly got any sleep? But after a shower and breakfast, you’re surprisingly alert and get through the day just fine? This happens …

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Tips For Sleeping Better On A Plane

Unless you’re blessed with the rare ability to sleep anywhere, the chances are you’ll have difficulty sleeping well on a plane. As a frequent flyer, and being very tall, I …

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How Sleeping In Separate Bedrooms Improved Our Sleep

A while back, my partner and I came to the conclusion that sleeping well alone was better than sleeping badly together. It’s an admittedly unorthodox approach to sleep, but it’s …

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Full Moon Insomnia: Does The Moon Affect Your Sleep?

Can you remember how well you slept the last time there was a full moon? Do you feel that when the moon shines brightest, things just don’t seem quite right? …

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My Top 10 Tips For Insomnia

I’ve spent more than 20 years coping with insomnia. Fortunately, it’s nowhere near as severe today as it once was. Even though I still have the occasional bad night, I …

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Why You Can’t Sleep Well On The First Night In A New Place

If you sleep away from home, do you struggle to fall asleep as easily as you might do in your own bed? And even if you do get some shuteye, …

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How Alcohol Affects Your Sleep

Does an alcoholic drink help you sleep better during periods of insomnia, or when life seems particularly stressful? Perhaps you just enjoy a quiet drink at the end of a …

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Fear Of The Dark Phobia: Is It Keeping You Awake?

When I was 13 years old, my parents bought a rundown old house in the middle of the English countryside in Somerset. It was a beautiful house that just needed …

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How To Avoid Jet Lag By Planning Ahead

Does it take you several days to adjust to a new time zone after a long flight? Do you spend a day or two waking up ridiculously early, or struggle …

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How To Keep Cool At Night: 15 Ways To Beat The Heat

Feeling too warm in bed can trigger an uncomfortably sweaty night of wondering when we’re going to address climate change. Not only is it unpleasant lying in bed feeling like …

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How To Block Out Noise In Bed

How much sleep have you lost recently because of inconsiderate neighbors or a snoring partner? For sensitive sleepers, noise can be one of the biggest obstacles to a good night’s …

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Tea That Helps You Sleep: Delicious Bedtime Teas

Do you find that a relaxing herbal tea in the evening helps you shift down a few mental gears and wash away the stress of a busy day? As an Englishman …

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Insomnia: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment And Self-Help

Does the idea of regularly getting a decent night’s sleep seem like a distant dream to you? Does your mind spring to life the minute your head hits the pillow? …

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Dexamethasone And Other Culprits For My Insomnia During Chemo

Not long before I started a grueling two months of chemotherapy, I was given a long list of potential side effects that I might experience. I don’t recall insomnia being …

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What Researchers Say About Healthy Diets And Sleep

Have you noticed that on the days you eat healthily, you sleep better? And if you sleep badly, do you eat more junk food the next day to keep you …

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Waking Up In The Middle Of The Night May Be Normal

How often do you wake up at in the depths of the night? Do you roll over and fall asleep again, or does your mind spring into action with some …

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