Therapy versus pills?

We have all been there, starting at the ceiling wondering why we can’t sleep. For some us this can become a regular occurrence leading to chronic insomnia which is most commonly treated with sleeping pills from your GP.

Sleeping pills can be effective, as a short term solution, they provide immediate relief during a period of high stress, for example after a bereavement. However, if you have long term insomnia, sleeping pills may not be the answer for you, especially if you have concerns around long term drug use.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for insomnia may be a good choice, unlike other medical treatments for insomnia, CBT looks at the underlying reasons for the insomnia. It can be hard work but with a success rate of between 80 and 90% its worth a try!

Sam Sethi