Insomnia is a condition characterised by a dissatisfaction with the quantity or quality of sleep. For some people this may mean an inability to get to sleep, stay asleep, or both.

Your brain actually has two systems that affect your ability to sleep. One helps you sleep; the other helps keep you awake. An imbalance in either of these two systems could result in insomnia.

There are no quick fixes when it comes to insomnia. In this video, Professor Dorothy Bruck of the Sleep Health Foundation offers some practical tips.
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What can I do about 
my insomnia?

There are a number of simple, first steps you can take to 
help you get a good night's sleep.
The information provided here should not be used as a substitute for specific medical advice. If you have any questions about insomnia and its management, you should speak to your healthcare professional.

Still struggling to get to sleep?

Read more about the science of sleep or complete your personalised discussion guide to discuss how your wake and sleep systems may be affecting your insomnia with your doctor.