March 2018 – Reports – European Insomnia Network (EIN)

Published in ESRS Newsletter March 2018

European Insomnia Network (EIN)

Members of the European Insomnia Network worked together closely and were finally successful in 2017 with the publication of the European Insomnia Guideline (Journal of Sleep Research, 2017, 26, 675-700). The guideline concludes that cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) should be the first-line treatment for insomnia in Europe. Up to now, however, there is a problem of care concerning insomnia, as it is likely that there are not enough CBT-I therapists all over Europe to treat all patients suffering from insomnia according to the guideline. Following this point of view, members of the European Insomnia Network will meet in Freiburg in May 2018 to discuss this issue of how to improve general care for patients with insomnia. The work group will also devise a short paper detailing the present situation of insomnia care in Europe and outlining possible solutions in order to improve the diagnostic and therapeutic situation for patients with insomnia.

Dieter Riemann, Ph.D.

Professor of Clinical Psychophysiology

Freiburg University Medical Center