If you think a medical condition or medication is affecting your sleep, contact your GP, pharmacist or GP practice nurse. You could also talk to them if the problem isn’t related to a medical condition and your sleep hasn’t improved after a month of changing your habits.
If you have insomnia, your GP may refer you to a therapist for cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBTi). This is a talking therapy that can help you find practical ways to manage your problems. You can apply for free online support with Sleepstation, an online programme that allows you to access CBTi remotely.
Sleeping aids and pills can sometimes work as a short-term solution - for example, if you’re having trouble sleeping while recovering from an operation. But they have many side effects and can make long-term sleeping problems worse. They also don’t tackle the root of the problem. Relying on sleeping pills can lead to addiction. You should always get advice from your GP or pharmacist before taking any. See our guide Understanding alcohol and drug misuse for information about addiction.
If you share your bed with a partner who snores, the NHS website has some tips on how to deal with this problem.
If you’re a carer, your sleep may be disturbed because of your caring responsibilities. Our guide Caring for someone has advice on managing your caring duties along with your own wellbeing.