Cant sleep at night

It is not uncommon to find oneself wondering, ‘why can’t I sleep’ at night. This thought can be extremely overwhelming in the dark, when it seems everyone else in the world is already sound asleep. Thinking about not sleeping can then lead to worry, feelings of hopelessness, fears about how one will cope the next […]

Irritability, anxiety and flattened mood

A common research finding is that next-day emotional functioning is compromised if one has not obtained adequate sleep the night before. You may well have found yourself ‘snapping’ at a friend or colleague, or becoming easily irritated after a poor night of sleep. This change in emotional stability is consistently found in those who have […]

Sleepiness, fatigue and impaired concentration

“Why am I tired all the time?” We all experience poor (or restricted) sleep from time-to-time and therefore are familiar with its consequences on our daytime functioning. Among the most common are fatigue and sleepiness. Although we might use these terms synonymously, they technically refer to different (though clearly related) things. Sleepiness reflects one’s propensity […]

Poor sleepers impact on their bed partners

Although poor sleep is very common, it’s not at all uncommon to find that someone with persistent sleep problems has a partner that sleeps well. This often creates an extra challenge for poor sleepers with partners – feeling isolated as a result of their sleep problem, being reminded that others are asleep whilst they are […]

What is Insomnia?

It is perfectly normal for people to feel dissatisfied by their sleep from time-to-time and the word ‘insomnia’ is thrown around a lot but – how is insomnia defined? Diagnostic CriteriaThe diagnostic criteria for insomnia are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), the manual used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify […]