A Better Treatment for Insomnia

September 8, 2016.  If you frequently have insomnia, one of the best treatment options is cognitive behavioral therapy, which involves changing “maladaptive” thinking and behavior in order to promote better sleep. The effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, or CBT-I, was confirmed by two analyses last year. One, in JAMA Internal Medicine, combined data from 37 studies of people who had insomnia as well as psychiatric or medical conditions, such as chronic pain, cancer, and depression. The other, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, included 20 studies of people with uncomplicated insomnia. Both found CBT-I to be beneficial—more so than sleeping pills because the effect persists after treatment has been completed, with none of the adverse effects of the drugs.

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