What is it?

Insomnia is 

  •  difficulty in falling asleep or

  •  staying asleep and

  •  experiencing sleep that is not restorative.


People with insomnia typically take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep or stay awake for more than 30 minutes during the night when they wake up from sleep. If this happens at least 3 nights a week for more than a month, the chances are you may be suffering from insomnia.

On an average 1 in 10 people suffer from insomnia and among adults over the age of 65, this can be 1 in 5 people. So you can see that you are not alone in it....

What are the night time symptoms?

People with insomnia feels wide awake as soon as they get into bed and will have ruminating thoughts about how they are going to cope the next day and feel an urgent need to sleep. The harder they try to sleep, the more difficult it becomes. The tendency to "clock watch" will make it even harder. If ever they wake during night time, they look at the clock again and realise how little time they have left to sleep and again try to sleep, which doesn't help.

How do they feel during the day?

During the day people with insomnia 

  • feel tired/sleepy                                

  • find it difficult to concentrate

  • get irritable

  • are poorly motivated


  • performance at work and school is affected

  • Social life suffers due to tiredness

  • make errors at work

  • have poor memory


Contact US

Sleep Therapy Clinic

Hospital 2, 2nd Floor,

 St. James's Private Clinic,

James's Street, Dublin,


Tel: 01-6111519

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