Insomnia: When counting sheep fails

Some people can fall asleep at the drop of a hat. I’m not one of them. Counting sheep doesn’t help. They just make me think of kebabs and lamb shanks.

Counting sheep just make me think of kebabs and lamb shanks
Counting sheep just make me think of kebabs and lamb shanks

Not wanting to be a slave to sleeping pills, I spoke to ESPA’s naturopath Tiffany Wee and Duty Manager, Therapist Nopparat Sawangjang to find out more about insomnia and more importantly, what I can do about it.

If you think insomnia means having difficulty falling asleep, you are only half right. According to Nopparat, if you wake up often during the night and have trouble going back to sleep, or tend to wake up too early in the morning, you are also suffering from insomnia.

Insomnia can either be acute or chronic.

Insomnia: Acute VS Chronic

Still not sure if you have insomnia? Check if you have at least two of these symptoms:

  • Sleepiness
  • General tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Problems with concentration or memory

If you are plagued by insomnia, here are some tips to help you along.

Insomnia dos and don'ts

 

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