The amount of sleep we need varies from person to person and most of us will have periods of poor sleep at some point in our lives. Sleep difficulties become a problem when they are recurrent, night after night, and persist for a prolonged period of time. Similarly, prolonged poor sleep is problematic if it causes you distress and significantly impacts your ability to function well in life.
The quality of our sleep can be a good indicator of our health, both physical and mental, and overall wellbeing. It is therefore important to seek help if your sleep problems persist or worsen. Sleep problems can contribute to a deterioration in your health, relationships, performance and overall quality of life.