Insomnia can present itself in many ways. For some the inability to fall asleep is the most noticeable symptom while others experience disrupted sleep patterns including waking up in the middle of the night and being unable to get back to sleep. Daytime effects include fatigue, difficulty concentrating, feeling depressed, irritability or lethargic thinking.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) recognises that insomnia stems from a fundamental imbalance of energy, or yin and yang qi.
Some factors that can cause this imbalance include:
Dietary habits such as overeating, digestive imbalances, heavy meals and consumption of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages