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Insomnia: clinical review

Insomnia: clinical review

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Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1.5 hours


June 19, 2017


April 12, 2018

Programme Description

This article, updated in 2017 by Dr Annemarie Luik, Dr Rachel Sharman and Professor Colin Espie, explains the criteria for diagnosis of insomnia and how to help patients to manage the factors that cause it. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include differential diagnoses, use of daily sleep diaries, and the role of 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 the predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors that lead to insomnia
  • Recognise coexisting problems such as obstructive sleep apnoea and restless legs syndrome
  • Diagnose insomnia using the International Classification of Sleep Disorders criteria as a guide
  • Discuss management options with patients
  • Authors

    Activity author
    Professor Kevin Morgan
    Professor of Psychology
    Loughborough University

    Updated in 2017 by:
    Dr Annemarie Luik and Dr Rachel Sharman
    Post-doctoral researchers
    Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute
    University of Oxford

    Professor Colin Espie
    Professor of Sleep Medicine
    Somerville College
    University of Oxford

    Test author
    Dr Ravi Ramanathan


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 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 and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required