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Insomniacs may now sleep soundly

About 5% of people suffer from insomnia, a disorder characterized by difficulty in maintaining sleep at night. Medical psychologists say that treatment with sleeping pills is not recommended for long-standing therapy. They recommend cognitive behavioral therapy for those with difficulty staying asleep.


In a US study that spanned 30 months, medical psychologists found that cognitive behavioral therapy was more effective than relaxation and placebo therapies in maintaining sleep among 75 adult participants.


The adults were taught to consider sleep in a more positive way, with strategies that maintain sleep like waking up at the same time every day and avoiding an afternoon siesta.


The participants who received cognitive therapy experienced 54% reduction in sleep interruption compared to 16% reduction with relaxation therapy and 12% reduction with placebo therapy.


The researchers assert that many patients returned to normal sleep levels with the therapy without much disturbance. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective approach for those with primary insomnia.


This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.