According to statistics a third of people in the UK have insomnia, with half of that number having diagnosed themselves and self-medicating with sleeping pills without seeing their GP.
The society has said that insomnia could be just one symptom of many that make up a different and larger physical or mental health problem that requires medical advice and treatment.
The survey of 2,077 individuals also revealed that 30% of people had taken sleeping pills for longer than a month without seeking medical advice, whilst 14% had gone on for six months without talking to their doctor.
In reaction to the figures pharmacist Paul Johnson said that it is worrying how many people are overusing sleep remedies.
“They can be effective for short-term treatment of mild insomnia...