Chronic insomnia ‘can be helped with CBT’
A more restful night in bed could be achieved by some people through the use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
The treatment can be applied to a range of disorders and the British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) has suggested that one such problem could be chronic insomnia.
Issuing tips for tackling sleep problems, the organisation stated that the ailment can affect the quality of life of sufferers, as well as raising the risk of developing conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Susan Wilson of the University of Bristol’s Psychopharmacology Unit stated: “Sleep disorders are common in the general population and even more so in clinical practice, yet are relatively poorly understood by doctors and other health care practitioners.”
A series of guidelines drawn up by the BAP have been published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology and include advice about hypnotic drug treatment in addition to CBT.
The Sleep Council also offers a wealth of advice on how to get a restful night on mattresses, with tips including keeping regular hours, creating a restful bedroom environment and investing in a comfortable bed.