Behavioral treatment of insomnia.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Insomnia is a prevalent and potentially serious condition that compromises the functioning, health status and quality of lives of millions of individuals worldwide. Chronic insomnia is often perpetuated by psychological and behavioral factors, such as dysfunctional beliefs about sleep, heightened anxiety and sleep-disruptive compensatory practices. Whereas sedative hypnotic medications are often prescribed for this condition, such treatment is symptom-focused and fails to address underlying factors sustaining the sleep problems. In contrast, behavioral insomnia therapies are specifically designed to address these perpetuating mechanisms. This article describes the main behavioral treatment approaches and their efficacy in treating insomnia. Current literature concerning treatment implementation factors (cost-effectiveness; treatment accessibility, delivery and dosage; patient response and adherence) is reviewed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Means, MK; Edinger, JD

Published Date

  • January 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 127 - 137

PubMed ID

  • 19811022

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19811022

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1744-8360

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1586/14737175.2.1.127


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England