Case scenario

Ms Tadros is a 41-year-old mother of three school-aged children. She comes to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for her daughter. You notice dark circles under her eyes and she appears stressed. She has recently lost her job and her children are all studying from home. Her husband has taken up two extra night shifts at the local hospital. Ms Tadros is worried that she is unable to sleep properly. She tells you that she goes to bed at 11.00 pm and usually wakes between 4.00 am and 6.00 am. Furthermore, she wakes up 3–4 times per night and tosses and turns for about 20–30 minutes. On further discussion you discover that Ms Tadros looks for jobs online prior to going to sleep. What can you do to help her?

Learning objectives

After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Explain insomnia
  • Summarise non-pharmacological strategies for the management of insomnia
  • Discuss pharmacotherapy in the management of insomnia.

Competency standards addressed (2016): 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3

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