If you experience difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or enjoying a restful night's sleep, you may be suffering from insomnia.

Symptoms of insomnia include:

Tips that may help sleep problems:

  • Get up about the same time every day.
  • Go to bed only when you are sleepy and get out of bed when you are awake.
  • Establish pre-sleep rituals, such as a warm bath, a light bedtime snack, brushing teeth, putting on bedtime clothing, or 10 minutes of reading.
  • Exercise regularly. If you exercise vigorously, do this at least 3 to 6 hours before bedtime. Mild exercise - such as simple stretching or walking -- should not be done closer to bedtime than 4 hours.
  • Maintain a regular schedule. Regular times for meals, taking medications, doing chores, and other activities help keep your "inner clock" running smoothly.
  • Avoid anything containing caffeine within 6 hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol within several hours of bedtime or when you are sleepy.
  • Avoid smoking close to bedtime because nicotine is a stimulant.
  • Avoid falling asleep in front of the television.
  • If you take naps, try to do so at the same time every day. For most people, a short mid-afternoon nap is most helpful.
  • Avoid sleeping pills or use them conservatively. Most physicians avoid prescribing sleeping pills for a period of longer than 3 weeks. Never drink alcohol while taking sleeping pills.
  • Reduce evening light exposure by turning off bright lights. This may help cue the body and mind for sleep.
  • Expose yourself to light (through windows or a timed lamp) 30 minutes before waking to prepare for getting out of bed.
  • Make your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet. If possible, remove non-sleep related items such as televisions or computers so that the room is associated only with sleep.

Always consult your physician or other healthcare provider for more information.

Source: http://resources.purematters.com/healthy-mind/sleep-fatigue/lack-of-sleep-a-concern-for-longevity