Saturday, July 15, 2006
Get Rid of Your Sleeping Pills NOW!
Cognitive behavioral therapy for six weeks may treat insomnia better than drugs, according to a study by researchers at the
The study included 46 participants over the age of 55 who had suffered from insomnia for three months or more. The participants were randomly assigned to receive weekly 50-minute therapy sessions, a drug called xopiclone or a placebo for six weeks. It was found that:
The researchers concluded that cognitive behavioral therapy is more effective than zopiclone for treating chronic insomnia. The therapy included education about lifestyle factors that influence sleep, such as sticking to a sleep schedule, as well as how to correct poor sleep habits and perform relaxation techniques.
Journal of the American Medical Association June 28, 2006, Vol. 295, No. 24: 2851-2858 (Registration Required)
Forbes.com June 27, 2006
MSNBC June 28, 2006
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