Sleep has been described as the foundation to mental well-being. However, it is difficult to achieve a consistent sleep pattern at times given our lifestyles and situations. Approximately 20% to 30% of adults experience a bout of insomnia, and 10% to 15% experience chronic insomnia. It is estimated that one in ten nights' sleep in the UK is induced by medication. Sleep difficulties have a major impact on peoples' quality of life and increases the risk of developing clinical depression. Therefore it is imperative that it is treated early.

Symptoms

Insomnia can present itself in many forms and may not be similar from person to person or episode to episode. The following symptoms are common in insomnia:

  • Difficulties falling asleep at your regular time of sleeping
  • Disturbed or disrupted sleep in which you wake up many times during the night
  • Early morning waking, leaving you with significantly less sleep than required
  • Poor quality sleep
  • Fatigue, tiredness and lack of energy
  • Irritability, restlessness or agitation. The reverse might be true that you are more slowed down in your movements and thinking.
  • Poor concentration
  • Marked distress

Best Evidence-Based Treatments

Research evidence (The American Academy of Medicine) suggests CBT is a successful treatment for insomnia. The success with CBT is comparable to the success achieved by medication.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):
Cognitive behavioural therapy focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physiological sensations. The cognitive facet assumes that the meaning one gives to an event is important and if you can change the interpretation or perception you can change the feeling (affect) associated with it. The behavioural facet assumes changing what you do is often a powerful way of changing other things in your life, which can improve sleep.

Pharmacological:
Nice guidelines recommend a Benzodiazepine or Non-Benzodiazepine hypnotic in the treatment of severe insomnia. However, if you are depressed as well then an anti-depressant with sedating properties is recommended.

Elite Psychology comprises of an expert team, specialising in the range of best private evidence-based treatments for Insomnia. Our highly qualified associates are accredited in all of the most successful therapies, complimented by psychiatrists who can prescribe anti-depressants on private prescriptions. We can assess you and provide the most efficacious therapy tailored to your difficulties. We know the importance of being understood, and endeavour to deliver the highest standard of psychological interventions to meet your needs.

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