Insomnia: Therapeutic Approach

, MD, , MD, , Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Ky

South Med J. 2001;94(9) 

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Nonpharmacologic Therapies

Table 3 lists some sleep-enhancing behavioral techniques, exercises, life-style adjustments, and environmental recommendations.[10,31,32] These entail changing personal habits, such as setting a regular sleep schedule and avoiding nocturnal caffeine or alcohol. Such measures can effectively improve sleep. Pharmaceuticals alone may not resolve the problem and thus may enhance the development of tolerance and dependence on sleep medication.[5,7]

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