Insomnia or sleeplessness is common, affecting about 10% of the population.

Symptoms and causes

The most common symptoms are difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking up too early and not being able to fall back asleep, not feeling fit during the day... Insomnia also has a negative impact on daily functioning. Fatigue, drowsiness, reduced concentration, irritability and a depressed mood are all common symptoms.

Different factors can play a role in developing and maintaining insomnia: mental over-stimulation, poor sleeping habits, worrying (e.g. about bad sleep), reaction to major life events, chronic stress... and a combination of the above.

Diagnosis and treatment

In case of persistent insomnia, we offer a form of sleep training in which you gain insight into your disturbed sleep pattern and learn skills to deal with your own insomnia. This will help you enjoy a refreshing night's sleep. In CBT-i, the main goal is to break the vicious circle of prolonged insomnia. Specifically, it is about increasing self-reliance, self-monitoring and teaching problem-solving skills.

Latest publication date: 21/01/2021