The previous two posts have been about self-help for insomnia. It can take up to 4 weeks for improvements in sleep hygiene to be effective, but if they haven’t helped by then you may need professional help to tackle your insomnia. This week I will cover what help is out there for you.
- Herbal remedies (e.g. valerian) – consult with a Medical Herbalist or speak to a Pharmacist before trying these
- Over the counter medication - speak to a Pharmacist about what might be suitable for you
- Counselling – your GP may be able to refer you for cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia on the NHS or you could consult with a local counsellor privately
- Hypnosis – this can help with insomnia, so would be worth looking into (for my Berkshire clients, Karen Pounds offers this service)
- Medication – your GP will be able to advise you on whether medication might be appropriate for your particular sleeping problem