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Insomnia is a sleep disorder where people have poor sleep. This may manifest as difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, early wakening, or sleep that leaves you feeling unrefreshed.

Insomnia is categorised into short-term (1 to 4 weeks) and long-term (4 weeks or longer).

1 in 3 adults may be affected by insomnia.

Insomnia Treatment

The basis of insomnia treatment is developing good sleep hygiene by making people aware of the factors that might be detrimental or beneficial to sleep.

Common advice includes: establishing fixed times for going to bed and waking, maintaining a comfortable sleeping environment, and avoiding stimulants, heavy exercise or stimulants late at night.

Sleeping tablets are not commonly advised but a short course of treatment may help reset a sleeping pattern.

Medicinal cannabis may be considered when first line therapies have not achieved adequate benefit.