The leading UK sleep expert, The Sleep Charity, has launched a new course for health professionals in partnership with a leading sleep science guru. 

Dr Jason Ellis, professor at Northumbria University and director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research, has collaborated with the Charity to deliver the course, which will teach Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), helping delegates to identify, assess and diagnose cases of insomnia. 

The Charity reports that insomnia symptoms are affecting almost 40 per cent of the British population, with between 10 and 15 per cent meeting the criteria for insomnia disorder1.  

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia has been demonstrated to work for 80 per cent of insomniacs2, while data suggests that CBT-I is more effective and durable than medication3 with the benefits lasting for up to ten years post-treatment.  

Deputy CEO of The Sleep Charity, Lisa Artis, said: “Insomnia and insomnia-like symptoms are extremely common in the UK, so it is vital that our health professionals are able to identify and effectively treat these symptoms and their root causes.  

“We are delighted to partner with Professor Ellis to deliver this training which we hope will support health professionals and their clients for years to come.” 

Dr Jason Ellis added: “Prescription medication is the dominant treatment for insomnia in the UK, so I am really excited to offer more people the opportunity to train in an alternative method of treating this sleep disorder. 

“Given the increasing prevalence of insomnia in the UK, it is vital that we increase the volume of trained CBT-I practitioners to ensure we are offering the best treatment options for those with symptoms.” 

This course is aimed at registered health professionals who have an interest in psychological sleep interventions and want to learn how to introduce CBT-I into their practices.  

To find out more and register for the course, please visit: https://thesleepcharity.org.uk/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-for-insomnia-cbt-i/