Insomnia can affect daily activities, including motivation, road safety, interpersonal relationships, judgement and performance. When suffering from insomnia, it is common for people to resort to taking sleeping tablets, or other medication to provide some relief. However, these drugs don’t address the underlying problem and they can have unpleasant side effects. They can also become less effective over time. Pharmacological therapy (treating the problem with medication) is generally not recommended for the long-term management of insomnia
In the UK, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advise against drug intervention for episodes of insomnia lasting more than four weeks, and instead recommend the use of psychological treatments. In particular, the most widely recommended treatment for insomnia is a special type of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia – CBTi.
CBTi is different to other forms of CBT that you might have heard about or tried in the past. It’s safe, effective and supported by over 30 years of sleep science.
Sleepstation is an online CBTi programme and our online version is just as effective as clinic-based psychological therapy. Sleepstation’s online sleep improvement programme can effectively resolve even the most chronic insomnia, with long-lasting benefits for the patient and fewer side effects than medication (pharmacological interventions). In fact, Sleepstation is clinically proven to be more effective than pharmacological therapy.
In the US, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) also recommend referring to a psychology specialist for cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia.
NICE recommendations are as follows:
There are a number of things you can try to help yourself get a good night’s sleep if you have insomnia. These include:
If you’ve tried all of this and you’re still struggling to sleep then you might need our help to tackle the problem. Start by answering a few questions to find out how we can help.
The following treatments aren’t normally recommended for insomnia, because it’s not clear how effective they are and they can sometimes cause side effects:
It's estimated that 30% of adults across the developed world are regularly sleep-deprived. This isn’t just a minor inconvenience: lack of sleep can have serious consequences.