What kind of sleep problems are there?

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A severely disturbed sleep pattern can cause all the following problems:

  • You may have trouble getting to sleep but then sleep through the night.
  • You may wake often during the night or wake up too early.
  • You might not remember having disturbed sleep but don’t feel refreshed when you wake up. This is called (non-restorative sleep).

If this continues for a long time, it can cause increased muscle tension and can be linked with muscular pain. Sleep also has a major effect on our mood.

It's normal to wake up once or twice each night, and it's only a problem if you can't get back to sleep again or if you’re not happy with the amount and quality of sleep you’re getting.

Sleep and depression

Depression can result in disturbed sleep but a poor sleep pattern over a period of time often leads to anxiety or depression, or both. It’s sometimes difficult to know whether sleep disturbance is the result of depression or the cause of it.

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