People can develop a range of poor sleeping patterns and problems which can disturb their sleep. These can include:
- Going to bed feeling very tired but being kept awake by worries and thoughts that won’t go away.
- Falling asleep very quickly but then waking up and being unable to go back to sleep.
- Waking up several times during the night.
- Napping during the evening and then finding it very hard to fall asleep when going to bed at night.
- Waking up feeling very tired after having a night of very poor or light sleep.
- Being woken by distressing nightmares or waking with an intense feeling of terror about an unknown danger (called night terrors) which can make you scream or hit out at someone severe nightmares can be linked to stress, an upsetting situation, trauma or possibly medication.
- Sleep apnea is a common condition where normal breathing is interrupted during sleep causing someone to snore very loudly or gasp or snort.