Behavior therapy linked to less stress from insomnia

Reuters (10/11, Rapaport) reports that research suggests “insomnia patients who focus on behavioral changes may be less stressed and more functional during the day than counterparts relying on medication.” Investigators “offered 160 adults with chronic insomnia six weeks of treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT); half of them were also randomly selected to take medication in addition to counseling.”

Investigators found, “at the end of this experiment, patients in both groups slept better, but only the people who received therapy alone reported significant reductions in how much sleep impacted their daytime functioning and things like memory, concentration and quality of life as well as declines in anxiety, depression and fatigue.” The findings were published online in Behavior Research Therapy.

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— “Behavior therapy linked to less stress from insomnia,” Lisa Rapaport, Reuters, October 11, 2016.

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