Overcoming long-term sleeping problems
Sleeping problems may last for weeks, months or even years in some people. This can lead to anxiety about getting to sleep, which can make the problem worse. Try the following routine if you have difficulty falling sleep.
- If you can’t fall asleep after 30 minutes, get up.
- Distract yourself from your worries or restlessness by playing cards, knitting or taking a warm bath. If your mind is very active or you can’t stop worrying, try something that requires more concentration, such as a crossword puzzle or reading. You could also try some relaxation or breathing techniques.
- Go back to bed when you feel more relaxed and sleepy. If you’re still awake after 30 minutes, get up again. Repeat the process until you fall asleep shortly after returning to bed.
If you regularly have trouble sleeping, speak to your doctor.