How is insomnia treated?
The treatment for insomnia will depend what is causing the condition. It is important to treat any underlying condition, such as sleep apnoea or depression. Self-care strategies for insomnia include trying to get to sleep naturally by establishing a bedtime routine, regular exercise and avoiding stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine, energy drinks and nicotine before bedtime. In some cases your doctor may prescribe medication to help you sleep, so that a normal sleep pattern can be established. Doctors usually recommend trying natural methods to help you sleep before prescribing medication, because medication can become less effective the more it is used, can be addictive, and can lead to sleeping problems again when the medication is stopped.