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.
The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advise against drug intervention for episodes of insomnia lasting more than 4 weeks, and instead recommend the therapeutic treatment which is used in Sleepstation - CBTi (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia). Their 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:
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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.