If you’re struggling with insomnia, Dan Ford, a sleep psychologist with The Better Sleep Clinic, has some words of encouragement: “Accept that poor nights of sleep happen to everyone and understand that sleep quality is more important than sleep quantity.”
A knee-jerk reaction to a poor night of sleep is to “catch up” on sleep by going to bed early or sleeping in, he says. “But this makes insomnia worse. Your body will naturally correct for a poor night of sleep by giving you deeper sleep, and thus better sleep quality, the next night,” he says.
One of the most important things you can do to improve your sleep is to maintain a regular bedtime and wake time. This will help regulate your body clock which will boost your energy and mood and help fight fatigue, he adds.