You're not alone unfortunately. It's estimated that 30-50% of the world's population is left tossing and turning at night, unable to get a quality night's rest.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
- Waking up too early in the morning
- Feeling tired upon waking
Studies show that relaxation training, stimulus control, and other cognitive-behavioral treatments are most effective for eliminating a majority of insomnia-related problems. Before you turn to pills, take a look at your sleep environment. Is your room cool, quiet, comfortable and free of distractions? Is your mattress less seven years old?
If you've looked at all these variables and you're still not able to get quality rest, it is recommended that you discuss your options with a health care provider who has expertise in sleep disorders medicine, particularly insomnia. Sleeping medications may be recommended when sleep difficulties interfere with daily activities, when insomnia is temporary or acute, when insomnia-like symptoms occur in association with a diagnosed medical condition, and/or when cognitive-behavioral approaches are ineffective.