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
Sharon completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Surrey University. As well as experience in the NHS, she has worked as a psychologist in the prison service and as a business consultant to multinationals. She has worked in executive management in the charity sector and now runs her own company which offers a variety of psychology services to individuals, groups and organisations.MORE
A chartered Counselling Psychologist who completed her training at London Metropolitan University, Kiki has worked in the NHS and has extensive experience working in the private sector. She specialises in anxieties, self-esteem and confidence.MORE
Erin completed her professional doctorate at City University London, later to be invited back as a lecturer and supervisor on the same course. Now concentrating on private practice, Erin has considerable experience in the public sector, as an NHS psychologist and within a number of national charities.MORE
Ophelia is lead psychologist at a busy eating disorders centre in Kensington & Chelsea. She holds a professional doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has extensive experience working within four NHS trusts.MORE
Alongside his private work, David has worked in the NHS for over 10 years, with various groups including families and older adults. As a researcher he has published in numerous academic journals. He is a chartered psychologist who completed his doctorate at the Institute of Psychiatry.MORE
Lou is a chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society who trained and worked in the US before moving to London in 2009. He was appointed Adjunct Professor at City University, New York, and has continued teaching in the UK as a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University.MORE
Martin completed his doctorate at Canterbury Christchurch University and has worked in mental health services in the NHS for over 10 years. He has further training in systemic approaches and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and works in a treatment and recovery team for the NHS in Hammersmith and Fulham.MORE
Helen completed her doctoral training at Christchurch Canterbury University. A chartered psychologist with extensive NHS experience as lead psychologist at the East London NHS Trust. Helen has also held various research and teaching roles, and pursues a keen interest in the arts.MORE
Silvia completed her training at the Institute of Psychiatry and City University. She is a chartered psychologist who alongside her private work, practices in NHS primary care at London's Maudsley Hospital, and at GP surgeries. She has particular expertise in trauma and eating disorders.MORE
Simon completed his doctoral research at Regent's College in London where he currently lectures. He has worked in adult mental health within the NHS and a number of community organisations. He has particular expertise with social anxiety, panic and addictions.MORE