DITCHING the coffee might actually make your insomnia worse, a sleep expert has claimed.
Kathryn Pinkham, 38, founder of The Insomnia Clinic believes even reducing your screen time before bed will not help you sleep better.
Getty – Contributor2 Ditching the coffee might not stop your insomnia, an expert has claimed
The specialist said it's important for the sufferer to understand why they have poor sleep, rather than cutting out things they enjoy.
Speaking to Mail Online she explained "something triggers an episode of insomnia" whether it's emotional stress, or the flu.
But in a bid to sleep more, people will stop socialising, start wearing eye masks and even going to bed too early.
"This is where the problem really begins," she said, "not only have we started to associate bed with being awake, leading to further poor sleep, we've also given up lots of things we enjoy".
HOW TO GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
Don't spend too much time in bed
Get up earlier or go to bed later. This should encourage your body's sleep drve to kick in so you crave more sleep, and fall asleep faster.
Set a time for getting up and stick to it
Getting up early will encourage your body to associate those times with being awake.
So by the end of the day, you'll be ready to hit the sack.
Making note of how little sleep you're getting increases pressure, and in turn will make it harder for you to sleep.
Don't lie in bed awake
If you're awake at night and can't get back to sleep, get out of bed.
This will reduce stress, and stop ourselves relating our beds to wakefulness instead of sleep.
Sleep is not the only thing you can do to feel better. Try to leave a bad night behind, and focus on the fresh day ahead.
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Kathryn's advice follows the release of a new study which revealed more than half of Brits are kept awake most nights because of their stressful jobs.
A nationwide survey of British workers has revealed the extent to which millions of UK adults believe their career is causing them untold stress, anxiety and insomnia.
www.theinsomniaclinic.co.uk2 Kathryn Pinkham founder of The Insomnia Clinic believes even reducing your screen time before bed will not help you sleep better