Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment option for those suffering from depression and anxiety - and it's often used to treat people with those conditions.
CBT has also been clinically shown to improve the sleep of insomnia sufferers, yet availability of CBT for insomnia is scarce and often expensive.
A British professor has been studying insomnia for the past 20 years. He found that even though over £3 million of taxpayer money has been spent on researching CBT for insomnia in the United Kingdom, there has been little improvement in terms of access to this proven (and drug free) treatment option.
In 2011, 12 million prescriptions for sleeping pills were issued in England, Scotland and Wales. This is despite the fact that sleeping pills come with a number of side-effects, don't actually cure insomnia and are only intended for short-term use.
We know that CBT for insomnia works. Yet we're still ignoring this safe, long-term treatment option in favor of
quick fixes like sleeping pills.
This needs to change.
Source: The Independent
Last updated: October 31, 2012