GP training needed to tackle insomnia burden

Insomnia should be treated as a major health issue, a report released by the UK’s Mental Health Foundation warns. 

The report, Sleep Matters, identified a link between insomnia and poor relationships, low energy levels and poor concentration, BBC News reports. 

The online survey of 6800 people found those with insomnia were four times more likely to have experienced relationship problems and three times more likely to have depression.

As a result, the report authors called for GPs to receive more training to recognise symptoms of insomnia. 

Lead author, Dr Dan Robotham from the Mental Health Foundation, believed people could become stuck in a cycle where poor sleep led to mental health problems and in turn, to even worse sleep. 

“It is crucial that people are aware of effective ways of breaking that spiral by improving the quality of their sleep,” he said.