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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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  • 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.


  • Penny Kent's photo avatar
    Penny Kent — 15.05.2017 08:41
    I am 70, and fit and healthy. I have a Fitbit which monitors my sleep, which I regard as only a guide. My sleep patterns show that I can be awake for a total of, say, 80 mins, small chunks of deep sleep, much more REM sleep, but average of 7 hrs+ of total sleep. If the total amount of sleep adds up to 7 ish hours, and I feel recharged, do I not have a problem?


    • Marianna 's photo avatar
      Marianna — 16.05.2017 19:05
      Hi Penny All sounds good and healthy so no need to be concerned!


  • Patricia 's photo avatar
    Patricia — 04.04.2017 23:05
    whsts is insomnia


    • Marianna Kilburn's photo avatar
      Marianna Kilburn — 05.04.2017 10:36
      Hello Patricia Insomnia could be described as the inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep for a sufficient number of hours to feel awake and refreshed the next morning.


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