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What is insomnia? Do I really have insomnia or am I just sleeping poorly?

Insomnia is a term which is familiar to many people. However, many people use the term to describe their trouble sleeping, when they don't really have it. Marianna Kilburn, our Sleep advisor in the subject, explains what insomia is, what the symptoms are, and how it is treated.


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  • Diane's photo avatar
    Diane — 08.03.2018 11:19
    I have had sleep problems for over 15 years and all the sleep medication I got from my doctor didn't work even over the counter med sprays aromatherapy nothink seems to work I've even tryed the hops which you have described don't work I'm so tiered all the time got no energy please help


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      Marianna — 08.03.2018 13:23
      Hi Diane, sorry to hear you are having such problems. Given how long this has been troubling you, I would suggest seeking the help of a nutritionist or medical herbalist. They would be able to consult with you on a one to one basis, discuss your history and put together a plan of action to suit your personal needs. To find a local practitioner you can follow these links: or


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    Gareth Edwards — 14.01.2018 07:04
    I have recently been prescribed Sertraline! The last 2 nights I have not been able to Sleep and have had to just lie there all night!? Is this normal? Is there anything I can do to help my sleeping?


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      Marianna — 16.01.2018 16:15
      Hi Gareth Sleep disturbances may be a side effect of Sertraline so I would initially speak to your GP to check what they recommend.


  • Lilz's photo avatar
    Lilz — 30.12.2017 21:35
    I don't think I have insomnia but I went through anxiety a year or two ago for a year, I couldn't sleep back then and I'm having another hit again, I don't know what to do, as my parents knew I had anxiety and I struggle to sleep, but they would never go too the doctor, they try sprays which work but very temperamentally An CDs which aren't working either please help


    • marianna's photo avatar
      marianna — 03.01.2018 15:47
      Hello Lilz Please could you let me know how old you are, thanks.


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