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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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  • Yahya's photo avatar
    Yahya — 06.08.2017 05:11
    Takes me at least 1 hour 30 mins to sleep is that insomnia


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      Marianna — 07.08.2017 13:54
      Hi Yahya, There can be various reasons for this symptom, such as stress, diet, lifestyle or medication etc. The best thing to try, as long as you are not on prescribed sleeping medication, Dormesan is, our natural sleep aid. It works very well and very quickly in most cases. You just take 30 drops half an hour before bed. It is also important to follow good sleep 'hygiene': avoid stimulants such as caffeine, sugar and alcohol as much as possible but especially in the afternoon and evening. Avoid late, rich meals in the evening as well. And turn off all screens such as computers and smartphones at least an hour before bed. If you have ruled these things out and the sleep problem seems to persist, do let the doctor know and they can check this issue out for you.


  • David Orton's photo avatar
    David Orton — 16.07.2017 06:34
    Cannot sleep after 3am


    • Marianna's photo avatar
      Marianna — 07.08.2017 13:54
      Hello David, This is a very common problem. Firstly, I would take Dormesan, our natural sleep aid. It has been shown to help people both get to sleep, and stay asleep. There are lots of issues that contribute to early morning waking, such as: stress; unstable blood sugar levels; late night meals, etc. I discuss all this in my blog post 'Waking at 3am?', so suggest you follow the recommendations in here as well:


  • 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.


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      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.


    • Yahya Haji's photo avatar
      Yahya Haji — 06.08.2017 06:09
      Babes it's gonna be ok just keep holding up and you will get through it be strong and a tip I learnt is that if you are trying to sleep and you can't drink milk with a little bit of sugar and then watch a long movie and proceed to use your phone with the brightness up all the way


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