GP intervention works a dream for insomnia

A simple sleep intervention delivered by GPs over two consultations is highly effective in helping patients conquer chronic insomnia, researchers say. 

The intervention involves setting regular bed and waking times, and restricting the amount of time spent in bed based on a sleep diary, according to primary care researchers from the University of Auckland. 

When the program was trialled by GPs in 14 practices for 97 patients with chronic primary insomnia, the remission rate was 67% over six months, compared with 41%