oa South African Family Practice - An approach to product selection for insomnia : CPD article

Volume 55, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Insomnia is a common condition which includes trouble falling, or staying, asleep. This condition can range from being mild to severe, depending on how often it occurs, and for how long. The main focus of treatment for insomnia should be directed towards finding the underlying cause. Once a cause is identified, it is important to manage and control the underlying problem, as this alone may be able to eliminate the insomnia. Treating the symptoms of insomnia, without addressing the underlying cause, is rarely successful. In the majority of cases, chronic insomnia can be resolved if its medical or psychiatric causes are identified, and treated appropriately.

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