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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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  • Diane bamforth's photo avatar
    Diane bamforth — 06.10.2017 10:36
    Doctors wont give sleeping pills anymore and i cant sleep so im at risk as i have to drive cos of my mobility im disabled so why do doctors put patients at risk


    • Marianna's photo avatar
      Marianna — 06.10.2017 15:51
      Hello Diane, Sorry to hear that you are having difficulty sleeping. I would suggest going back to the doctors perhaps for a 2nd opinion with another doctor at your surgery.


  • Emily 's photo avatar
    Emily — 03.10.2017 00:42
    When I lie down to go to bed as I'm trying to get to sleep my heart starts racing, feeling like it's pounding out my chest, it takes me a very long time to get to sleep and I don't know why. I suffer from anxiety and depression (depression isn't as serious as it was in the past) but my anxiety is getting worse. I don't know why it is my heart beats so fast before I sleep, it doesn't do it any other point in the day apart from when I lie down to go to sleep?


    • Marianna's photo avatar
      Marianna — 03.10.2017 09:51
      Hi Emily, I have emailed you directly to check a couple of things that may help me answer your question.


  • 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


    • Marianna 's photo avatar
      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


    • Marianna 's photo avatar
      Marianna — 21.09.2017 14:35
      Hi Lai if you would like to tell me more about why you think you only sleep for 3 hours then do contact me via the 'Ask Marianna' box above to see if we can help with any suggestions.


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