In the short term, a few nights of poor sleep won’t cause you any serious harm, though it could affect your concentration or energy levels the day after in a fairly minor way. Lack of sleep which goes on for longer than this is more of a problem.
Help for insomnia can come with therapy. CBT and mindfulness therapies have been shown to be more effective and to give longer-lasting results than sleeping pills. You can also improve your sleep patterns and the quality of your sleep by restricting your intake of alcohol, caffeine, and other drugs.
Sleep brings a range of benefits to our minds, physical health, and well-being, and insomnia can be extremely disruptive to our lives and functioning. Insomnia and long term, chronic sleeplessness, can be extremely disruptive to our lives and functioning, so what can we do to tackle it?MORE
A man's problems with his wife keep him awake during a whole night. An animation about insomnia, by Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits, promoting the short story 'Night Thoughts' by Helen Simpson, for Granta magazine's issue on feminism.MORE
Insomnia is a common and debilitating problem, which leaves many people at the end of their tether. Often the go-to treatment is sleeping pills, but evidence suggests that CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may be more effective, long-lasting, and cheaper.MORE
Mindfulness has been practiced as part of meditative exercises for thousands of years, becoming renowned for its calming function and its ability to improve mental and spiritual well-being. Modern psychological research is beginning to reveal that it is an effective form of therapy for anxiety.MORE