We spend a third of our lives, or an average of 24 years sleeping – and yet up to 95% of us at some time have trouble sleeping.
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  • Updated:23 May 2000

04.More information

All fired up to tackle your insomnia? Want more information? Try these sources:

Your GP
They can identify medications or medical conditions affecting your sleep; advise you how to wean yourself off sleeping tablets; refer you to a sleep disorders unit or a sleep psychologist.

Sleep disorders units
Located in many major hospitals, these are involved in the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders, particularly sleep apnoea.

Sleep psychologists
They have an interest in treating insomnia, and will take you through a step by step program in a more personalised and detailed form.

Overcoming Insomnia, by Helen Bearpark
Published by Health Books, Sydney. This excellent and easy to read book is a more detailed look at sleep and the strategies to deal with insomnia, particularly those touched on in steps 1-4. It offers a useful reference list.

The Sleep Foundation
This website is a must. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes research and education about sleep and sleep disorders. The site contains a large number of publications, is very well arranged, informative and easy to read. The areas on sleep disorders are excellent. It also includes other interesting topics such as jet lag, sleep and aging, women and sleep; and offers good links.

the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
This site contains many interesting facts about sleep. Not so much about insomnia, but it will give you a better insight into sleep.

This article was last reviewed May 2000

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