What is the role of CBT in the treatment of sleep dysfunction in women?

Updated: Jan 31, 2019
  • Author: Gila Hertz, PhD, ABSM; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Behavioral approaches to the treatment of insomnia are effective and should be used as first-line treatment for chronic insomnia. Specifically, in a study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CBT-I produced longer-lasting effects than medication. According to the 2005 NIH consensus statement, CBT-I is as effective a treatment for insomnia as sleeping pills for the short term and is more effective than hypnotics in the long term. CBT-I involves the modification of certain sleep-related maladaptive behaviors and the identification of dysfunctional perceptions and attitudes related to sleep patterns. CBT-I has also been found to be effective in special populations, including geriatric groups and patients with chronic pain conditions.


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