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Insomnia: clinical review

Insomnia: clinical review


Clinical Review

Time to Complete

2.5 hours


January 15, 2013


July 19, 2016

Programme Description

In this article Professor Kevin Morgan differentiates insomnia from other sleep disorders and explains how to help patients to manage the factors that cause it. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include differential diagnoses, daily sleep diaries, cognitive therapy, hypnotic drugs and melatonin

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Define insomnia and explain this to patients
  • Describe the epidemiology of insomnia and recognise those at risk of it
  • Explain to patients the predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors that lead to insomnia
  • Recognise co-existing problems such as obstructive sleep apnoea and restless legs syndrome
  • Diagnose insomnia using the International Classification of Sleep Disorders’ criteria as a guide
  • Discuss the management options of insomnia with patients
  • Manage insomnia using a stepped care management model
  • Faculty

    Activity author
    Professor Kevin Morgan
    United Kingdom

    Test author
    Dr Elizabeth Cottrell
    Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice Specialty Training
    NHS North Staffordshire and Keele University
    United Kingdom


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 2.5 learning credits (2.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time. This activity is offered at no cost.


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