Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems 

Colin Espie

Colin EspieProfessor Colin Espie is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Sleep Research Laboratory at the University of Glasgow. He is a leading member of the British Sleep Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Colin is a vigorous advocate of the wider provision of CBT sleep clinics, but with this book he has put the remedy into the hands of his readers.

Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems is a self-help guide, based on CBT, and derived from clinical treatments that have seen a great many patients who thought they would never be able to sleep well make huge improvements in the pattern and quality of their sleep.



This useful self-help guide is in three parts.

  • Part One discusses the nature of insomnia, and establishes the groundwork upon which Parts Two and Three are based.
  • Part Two is the CBT programme. Once the reader’s insomnia is assessed, sleep hygiene and relaxation are explained, and a new sleep pattern is scheduled.
  • Part Three discusses prescription medication (sleeping pills), and the recognition and management of other common sleep disorders.

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Insomnia Relief

Insomnia Relief is an online, multimedia health information and self-management package, helping you to understand and manage insomnia.

The Insomnia Relief programme is about general aspects of sleeplessness and insomnia.

  • Finding it hard to get off to sleep
  • Still feeling tired when you wake
  • Not performing at work because you are always tired
  • Waking up too early
  • Feeling low
  • Worried, anxious or stressed

If you believe you’re suffering from more severe symptoms, or more acute forms of depression, you may wish to consult your doctor. There are a number of medical problems which can result in poor sleep, including over-active thyroid, gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer and other diseases that cause pain or troublesome breathing. If you believe that you suffer from one of these then you should consult your doctor before using Insomnia Relief.

The programme offers assessment tools and a multimedia programmes for relief from insomnia using sleep hygiene, stimulus control, and visualisation techniques.

There are two parts to the assessment process within the programme:

The 'Sleep Indicator' will help you evaluate the quality and quantity of your sleep. The questions within this section are based directly on the criteria for insomnia that are set out in the manual used by clinicians to make a diagnosis (DSM III.)

The 'Sleep Assessment Questionnaire' simply identifies the factors that are likely to be contributing to your difficulties sleeping. Therefore this part of the module is intended to help you identify and rectify poor sleeping habits.

The core content of the Insomnia module is based on accepted and validated methods of dealing with insomnia and also includes a variety of techniques which individuals may find useful in their sleep management.

Insomnia Relief offers validated assessment tools and multimedia personal programmes for relief from insomnia using proven sleep hygiene, stimulus control, and visualisation techniques. Insomnia Relief includes two assessments. These were developed by Professor Terry Looker, Dr Olga Gregson, and Dr Ken Hume at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Dr Hume is an expert in sleep.

See a short demo of the programme (Requires Flash Player)

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