Chronic Primary Insomnia

Sleep Disorder Condition

Insomnia is commonly thought of a problems with sleep patterns. Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night
  • Having trouble going back to sleep when you wake during the night
  • Waking too early in the morning
  • Feeling tired upon waking

Chronic Primary Insomnia

Chronic Primary Insomnia is a condition where sufferers have insomnia for at least 3 nights a week for a month or longer. It is a debilitating condition.

Symptoms of Chronic Primary Insomnia

  • Tiredness
  • Daytime sleepiness

  • Irritability
  • Concentration/memory problems


There is no one specific or exact cause of insomnia, but there are a number of factors which can make a person more at risk of developing a pattern of sleep difficulties. These include:

  • Disturbed sleep schedule – e.g. shift working, jet lag
  • Environmental factors – job loss, job change, relationship difficulties
  • Biological factors – illness, medication, pain or discomfort
  • Psychological factors – stress, worry, emotional discomfort, depression

In cases of Chronic Primary Insomnia , causes tend to include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic stress
  • Physical pain/discomfort

Conventional Treatments

Treatments for insomnia tend to be based on a few common options, which include:

  • Promoting/practicing good sleep habits
  • Sleeping tablets for a short time to break the cycle of bad sleep pattern
  • Relaxation techniques

However, for Chronic Primary Insomnia , treatment tends to start with identifying and treating any underlying conditions. If the patient has an anxiety disorder or depression; then treatment of this can have a direct effect on improving chronic insomnia.

rTMS Treatment for Chronic Primary Insomnia

On the basis of research, Smart TMS believe that Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation could offer sufferers of Chronic Primary Insomnia  an alternative treatment option using transcranial magnetic stimulation to work directly on the associated areas of the brain.

This is an area of active research which we are monitoring closely.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Clinics

Smart TMS offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy treatment in an expanding network of clinics in the UK and Ireland.

Smart TMS was the first UK clinic to offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy for anything other than depression and now offer treatment for addiction and a host of other mental health conditions as well.

For more information, please get in touch with us. You will be in contact with one of our patient advisors who will provide you with more information about the treatment programme and prices.