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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. Amy De LaCour, our 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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  • David Orton's photo avatar
    David Orton — 16.07.2017 06:34
    Cannot sleep after 3am


  • Staci's photo avatar
    Staci — 05.07.2017 23:50
    I have had years of sleep problems. Going days with no sleep and when i do only getting around 4 hours. My doctor confirmed the diagnosed of insomnia two years ago and has never mentioned any treatment. Its only when i go in after having 10+ days of no sleep, a complete wreck, he will give my a weeks worth of sleeping tablets.


    • Marianna's photo avatar
      Marianna — 06.07.2017 14:16
      Hello Staci, Sorry to hear that you are not getting any sleep. It is so difficult to cope well when you are exhausted. I suggest that you go back to the doctor with a friend to support you and act as an advocate. Ask the GP what other options you have in terms of treating your sleep problems as this one does not appear to be very effective for you.


  • Mel's photo avatar
    Mel — 27.05.2017 18:41
    I keep dreaming about my ex so I hate sleeping, I wake up in tears or sweat and it only sometimes I remember ye dream. What does this mean?


    • Marianna 's photo avatar
      Marianna — 30.05.2017 10:15
      Hi Mel I am sorry to hear your nights are disrupted with dreams of your ex. Sometimes dreams can indicate that our subconscious mind is attempting to resolve issues which may still be troubling us, particularly if they are causing you anxiety (indicated by waking up in tears and sweating). If you feel this resonates with you, it may help to talk to a therapist who could help you sort through any unresolved issues. Counselling sessions are sometimes available via your GP or if not an accredited board such as will help you find a local counsellor.


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