It is very common to experience transient difficulties with sleep at times in your life for various reasons including stress or other triggers. If sleep difficulties persist, they can lead to difficulties with concentration, anxiety, irritability, relationship issues, weight gain, work-place accidents, performance difficulties, or emotional dysregulation. People may find that it is difficult to get to sleep, or that wake frequently throughout the night, or that they rise to early.
Further, there are different types of sleep disorders. Sleep apnea is when breathing temporarily stops during sleep due to blockage of the upper airways. Restless leg syndrome is an urge to move one’s legs when sleeping, resting or lying down. Narcolepsy is uncontrollable daytime sleepiness.
It is important to liaise with you GP and Clinical Psychologist to identify what the sleep issue is, and thereby how best to treat it.