Sleep is part of a normal routine for most of us and sleeping well is necessary for keeping healthy. Normally we do not have to think about it, but sometimes sleep can get disrupted for many reasons.
Usually the sleep disruption is short term and apart from causing tiredness the next day, you do not feel any other difficulties. But sometimes, when sleep disruption is prolonged than it can be very troublesome causing both psychological distress and physical health problems.
Sleep requirement varies between people. New born children sleep about 20-22 hours in a day, school going children about 8-10 hours, working adults 6-8 and older adults need 4-6 hours. Obviously, there are some people who may need more or less than these averages.
Your Doctor will take a detailed history of your problem and specifically look into your daily structure. They would probably undertake some investigations to rule out other medical conditions that can cause insomnia.
The cause of the insomnia needs to be treated. Sleeping tablets can only help in short term and only offer temporary benefits. Besides this they are also highly addictive medications and lose their efficiency with time as the patient’s get used to them.
Psychological therapies and having a routine structure are more and more becoming the treatment of choice and should be considered in all cases.