Here are two facts that cannot be disputed:
1. Sleeping pills lose their effectiveness over time.
2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (CBTi) can treat insomnia more effectively than sleeping pills over the long term.
Unfortunately, it's still relatively hard to access CBTi - sleeping pills are often the first (and only) option offered to insomnia sufferers.
In the UK though, things may be about to change - and for the better.
A training program developed as part of trials for CBTi is now being used to train therapists in health authorities across the country.
According to the professor who led the trials, every single Parkinson's disease nurse in Scotland is now trained in CBTi and new courses are planned for other regions.
The biggest barrier to CBTi as a treatment option for insomnia sufferers is often the lack of trained practitioners.
With these new training courses, hopefully this will soon change.
Last updated: November 28, 2012