Physical activity can improve sleep, although researchers aren’t entirely sure why. Exposure to light helps the body tell when to sleep and when to wake up. How it works is not well understood. If these measures don’t work, your doctor may recommend cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, or both to improve relaxation and sleep.
When taken in the morning, melatonin can disrupt your normal sleep cycle. Your GP may suggest keeping a sleep diary for a few weeks to better understand your sleep patterns.
What is the solution for sleep disorders at night?
Most adults need around seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but the amount of sleep needed to function optimally varies from person to person. Lying awake in bed too long can create an unhealthy mental connection between your sleeping environment and wakefulness. Turning back and forth and waking up again and again is just as bad for your health as not being able to fall asleep. Make an appointment with your GP if you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep and it’s interfering with your daily life — particularly if it’s been a problem for a month or more and the above measures haven’t helped.
Signs of sleep disorders may include a lack of concentration during the day, frequent headaches, irritability, daytime fatigue, waking up too early, waking up at night, or several hours to fall asleep.