Insomnia - Treatment
The treatment for insomnia depends on its underlying cause.
For chronic insomnia a board certified sleep medicine physician may recommend
any combination of the following treatments:
many chronic insomnia cases, by practicing good hygiene and changing your sleep
habits you can improve your sleep. Sleep hygiene is a set of bedtime habits and
rituals you can do every night to improve how you sleep.
Therapy for Insomnia
Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, or CBT-I
is a non-medication treatment for insomnia. CBT-I addresses the thoughts and
behaviors that keep you from sleeping well and helps you learn new strategies
to sleep better. CBT-I can include techniques for stress reduction, relaxation
and sleep schedule management. The Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine has a directory of behavioral sleep specialists who provide CBT-I.
board certified sleep medicine physician may prescribe medication to treat your
insomnia. Various prescription or over-the-counter medications can help you
fall asleep or stay asleep. Sleeping pills that are specifically approved to
treat insomnia are called hypnotics. You may build a tolerance to these
medications over time. Some medications that treat other problems may also help
you sleep. Your doctor can decide which medications are best for you. You
should only take a medication when supervised by a doctor.
In cases where the insomnia is caused by a medical
condition, the doctor may refer you to a specialist who can treat the
condition. The course of insomnia is likely to change as your medical condition
improves. Your board-certified sleep medicine physician may also want to change
any medications that you currently take if he suspects the drugs are related to
Although insomnia is common, most people can find a
treatment that works for them with the help of a board-certified sleep medicine
Find a Board-certified sleep medicine physician.