As a sleep specialist I often get referrals from neurologists such as Dr Guy Leschziner, a sleep medicine neurologist, with people who have been prescribed sleeping medications.
Sleeping medications can actually be quite helpful in the short term. They can help alleviate some of the symptoms of insomnia such as anxiety…
But at the end of the day, unfortunately, they cannot help with the long-term chronic insomnia. For that you need a behavioural change.
For that you do still need CBT-i.
Hence where I come in.
So, in the short term sleeping medications can be quite helpful but in the long term we need that behavioural CBT-i therapy.