A new study shows treating insomnia first can lead to 50% better outcomes for people who have both concurrent insomnia and sleep apnea, reports Flinders University.

The ‘double whammy’ of co-occurring insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a complex problem best managed with non-drug targeted psych interventions, the Flinders UIniversity study has found.

By following simple new guidelines, people with the concurrent conditions reported great improvement to both their sleep, and their health – with about 50% improvement in global insomnia severity and night-time insomnia after six months.

‘Co-Morbid Insomnia and Sleep Apnoea’ (or ‘COMISA’) is a little studied and debilitating disorder which can improve with diagnosis and treatment, including the insomnia as a separate condition. Up to 80% of OSA can be undiagnosed.