Royal Surrey Stars 2018, Clinical Team of the Year.
Do you find it difficult to fall asleep?
Do you wake in the night and struggle to return to sleep?
Do you dread going to bed or worry about your sleep?
Is poor sleep affecting your mood or quality of life?
Have you been told there is nothing that can be done to help you sleep better?
We can help you.
What we do
Sleep is important.
That’s why when we don’t sleep well, night after night, we can be left feeling exhausted and miserable; like everything we do in our day is an uphill battle. It affects everything, from our mood and motivation, to concentration and memory, to our physical health.
Regular difficulty in getting to sleep or staying asleep is known as insomnia. It may be that you have suffered insomnia for only a few months or maybe, like many of our patients, for years or even decades. During this time you have probably been offered little to no help or treatment.
There is good news. We can help you.
It may be that you know what triggered your poor sleep pattern or maybe there was no clear cause. Either way, it is likely that there are now some things you are doing, some ways that you are thinking, and some responses that you can’t control in your body, that actually make it harder for you to sleep. Insomnia is often a bad habit that the body has got stuck with, and we know that when we change the cognitions (thoughts and images), behaviours and automatic responses (conditioning), sleep almost always improves.
We call this treatment Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). CBT-I is the most effective intervention for insomnia and there is a huge amount of evidence which demonstrates this. It is more effective than medication, has fewer side effects and improves sleep in the long term. NICE guidelines and international guidelines recommend that all patients be considered for CBT-I prior to any other sleep treatment (i.e. medication).