n Mental Health Matters - Sleep tips for insomnia patients




Patients who complain about having trouble sleeping, falling asleep or staying asleep for at least seven hours a night may be suffering from insomnia. Insomnia is an experience of inadequate or poor quality sleep characterised by one or more of the following: difficulty falling asleep, maintaining sleep, waking up too early in the morning, or resulting in sleep that does not allow the body to recover. People need 6 to 10 hours of sleep per night. Less than 4 hours or more than 9 hours is associated with increased health risks to the patient. Sleep latency is the time needed to fall asleep and is on average 15-20 minutes. Insomnia is associated with an involuntary increase in sleep latency.


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