Understanding the 
science of insomnia

  • Sleep-wake 
    science

    Discover the role the wake and sleep systems plays in insomnia, according to the latest science

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  • Make your next 
    consultation count

    Create a personalised insomnia discussion guide to take to your doctor

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  • Advice for people 
    with insomnia

    Practical tips that may help improve your chances of a good night's sleep

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The reason for your insomnia may not be what you think

You know you have insomnia, but what does that really mean? Latest science has discovered two key systems in the brain that are involved in sleep — one system keeps you awake, the other one helps you sleep. Science has known about the importance of the sleep system for a while, but it's only now that we're starting to understand how the wake system plays an important role in insomnia. If your wake system is too active, or your sleep system is underactive, you can experience insomnia.

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Sleep guide

When it comes to taking control of your insomnia, there's no single solution. A number of factors influence your ability to get to sleep and stay asleep.

Things you can do to improve your sleep hygiene include avoiding stimulants too late in the day, exercising early in the day, keeping your room peaceful and comfortable as well as avoiding computer, tablet and smartphone screens at bedtime.

Whether you've recently developed insomnia or have been experiencing it for a while, these techniques are a significant first step.

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Make your next GP 
consultation count

Complete your personalised insomnia discussion 
guide to take to your next appointment.

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