Will and Shannon have posed some really great questions to help you look into why you might not be sleeping. I would just like to add a little more information about how insomnia works to help make a little more sense of the difficulty you are having with your sleep.
Often with insomnia we can link back to a trigger that started a period of difficult sleep. For some this may be a stressful period (which may have led to more worry and tension and thus disturbed sleep), jet lag, being physically unwell etc. When this happens our body gets into a new sleep pattern. This means that now when we head to bed, our body doesn’t just associate bed with sleep, it associates going to bed with LYING THERE AWAKE and sleep.
In order for our body to settle back into a good routine we need to strengthen the association between going to bed and actually sleeping. There are a number of effective evidence based strategies including Stimulus Control therapy and Bed Time Restriction technique which can be very helpful. If you find you are still not having much luck with your sleep I would encourage you to speak to a clinical psychologist about your treatment options. Often we find that once we start psychological treatment of insomnia, sleep settles back into a good routine relatively quickly.
Feel free to get in touch if you would like any further information.
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