What is stimulus-control therapy for insomnia?

Updated: Sep 11, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Stimulus-control therapy works to reassociate the bed with sleepiness instead of arousal. Rules for its use include the following:

  • Use the bed only for sleeping and sexual activity (no reading, TV, eating, or working in bed)

  • Go to bed only when sleepy

  • If unable to fall asleep in 15-20 minutes, get out of bed to do something relaxing until sleepy; this can be repeated as often as needed

  • Do not spend more time in bed than is needed by establishing a standard wake-up time

  • Refrain from daytime napping


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