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    I suffer from Insomnia, please advise.

    I have always been a very light sleeper but never had trouble falling asleep but waken up to 17 times per night. (Been wearing Fitbit tracker for a few years). I am incredibly restless and sleep for under 2 hours at a time and average 4-5 hours a night but broken sleep. I feel fine during the day but I'm sure it's not healthy. I have recently had trouble falling asleep too sometimes up to 2 hours after going to bed.. I also dream lots and remember them. I exercise daily and have a healthy diet.
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    Dr Melissa Ree

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Melissa Ree is an Insomnia and Anxiety specialist. She has worked in both clinical and research roles at private psychiatric hospitals and Universities in … View Profile

    Your sleep does sound restless, and 2 hours is a long time to fall asleep. That you feel fine during the day may indicate that you are in fact getting enough sleep. Fit-bit trackers are not always accurate (they tend to over estimate wakings). However, it does sound like an assessment of your sleep may be helpful so that you know for sure if there is a problem. 

    Difficulty getting to sleep can be a sign of Insomnia and this tends to respond well to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). Frequent wakings in the night can also be due to Insomnia but may also be due to other sleep difficulties such as Obstructive Sleep apnea (OSA). Insomnia treatments are delivered by sleep psychologists. For assessment and treatment of OSA you would need to see a sleep physician for an overnight sleep study. 

    Hope this helps, Melissa

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