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Tom Bradby is right: insomnia should be treated with the same seriousness as cancer

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Tom Bradby is right: insomnia should be treated with the same seriousness as cancer
Insomnia sufferer Tom Bradby

Several months ago, the ITN newsreader Tom Bradby gave an interview about his experience of insomnia. “You don’t know what’s happening,” he said. “You think you are going mad. I got shot in Indonesia in 1999. This was ten times more frightening.” As a fellow sufferer of sleeplessness, this pulled me up short. And his words stayed with me.

Then on Monday Tom took part in a panel session at the Cheltenham Literature Festival called Insomnia, a Modern Plague. He spoke about how he had needed to take several months off work last year after insomnia left him ‘in crisis’. “The mental health provision in this country is so poor,” he said. “I just wish we got to the stage in this country where mental...

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