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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.

Join experts Eileen Durward and Alison Cullen in the beautiful A.Vogel garden as they talk about sleep and why it is the one remedy we cannot do without. Discover their tips on how to improve your sleep quality including lifestyle changes and how herbs such as Hops and Valerian can help promote a better night’s sleep.


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  • Paul's photo avatar
    Paul — 11.09.2017 15:18
    Am suffer from insomnia problem..aslo am suffer from despresson, Anixtey, panic attacks aslo bad tinnitus too... sorry I am profoundly deaf.... thank you indeed..Paul


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      Marianna — 11.09.2017 16:39
      Sorry to hear that you suffer with all these issues Paul. The information and the question and answering service we provide here are aimed to help people relieve shorter term stress and sleep problems For health issues concerning longer term anxiety disorders or depression we regret that we are not in a position to advise you. Only a Health Care Practitioner or a GP, who can consult with you in person, would be qualified to provide the appropriate level of support required.


    • Lai King's photo avatar
      Lai King — 18.09.2017 21:20
      Can only sleep for 3 hours


  • Neve's photo avatar
    Neve — 10.09.2017 02:19
    hi, for school or just everyday, i attempt at going asleep at 11 yet i still find myself wide awake at 3 everynight, tossing and turning in my bed. just not getting too sleep. but when i finally do get to sleep, im not waking up till late afternoon and this is bad as im wasting my day away. is this insomnia??


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      Marianna — 11.09.2017 14:16
      Hi Neve, sorry to hear you are struggling with sleep. You mention school, so I wonder how old you are and if you use iPads, iPhones etc before bed? Studying for exams etc can also cause stress and put the body on high alert which can have an impact on sleep too. Have you spoken to your GP or a healthcare but provider about this problem if it's been troubling you for a while?


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    Nay — 22.08.2017 23:44
    It takes me like 2-3 hours to get to sleep. Sometimes I don't even sleep. If I fall asleep I get irritated and I start moving about:/


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      Marianna — 23.08.2017 14:32
      Hi Nay have you tried Dormeasan? It can help with both falling asleep and staying asleep? I would also suggest taking a look at this link too for additional tips:


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