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Insomnia

Sleep disorder

More than 10 million prescriptions for sleeping pills are given each year in England, but medication only offers short-term relief.

'Sleep is fragile. You’ve got to look after it' Professor Kevin Morgan

Non-drug treatments have been under-used, but sleep experts say that they offer the best long-term solutions to chronic insomnia. Professor Kevin Morgan of Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Centre says that sleeping tablets treat the symptoms of insomnia, not its causes. He's been researching psychological treatments for insomnia. He focuses on behavioural change and self-help to promote better sleeping patterns. It was always assumed that if people had insomnia alongside a more serious condition, then curing that illness would cure the insomnia. These days, insomnia is generally treated as a separate illness. Before your GP can make a diagnosis, you may be asked to keep a sleep diary, in order to record bedtimes, wake times, hours slept, and quality of sleep each morning. “Sleep diaries are an invaluable insight into the patient’s sleeping habits. If continued during therapy, they're a useful way of monitoring the outcome of treatment,” says Professor Morgan. If insomnia is diagnosed, the main treatments are:

Sorting out 'sleep hygiene'

Lifestyle, particularly your sleeping habits, have a big impact on your quality of sleep. Addressing so-called 'sleep hygiene' should be the first step in any treatment of insomnia. Sleep hygiene is a list of lifestyle dos and don’ts. It has proved to be effective in stopping insomnia from getting worse and making it easier to benefit from further treatment. “It's a useful first step in treatment, and sends the important message that behaviour and lifestyle choices can influence sleep quality,” says Professor Morgan. Habits such as drinking too many caffeine-based drinks (including coffee, tea and some energy drinks) or exercising too close to bedtime will affect your sleep. “If you have a sleep problem, it’s worth looking at your personal habits. It could be that your sleep is being ruined by your regular espresso before bed,” says Professor Morgan. “Sleep is fragile,” “You’ve got to look after it.”

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