2009-06-09 Teaching the Mind to Treat Insomnia - Meditation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treat Insomnia Without Drugs


Changing bad sleep habits and clearing the mind with meditation may offer drug-free alternatives to traditional insomnia treatments.

Two new studies suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy to change people’s attitudes and actions about sleep and using meditation to encourage relaxation can help insomniacs get a better night’s sleep without pills.

Researchers say that contrary to popular belief, insomnia is not a nighttime-only affliction but a 24-hour problem of hyperarousal. By teaching people how to relax and clear their minds during the day, they sleep better at night.(Read entire article)

2009-05-19 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Help Treat InsomniaLong term it is more effective without the addition of drugs, study finds


(HealthDay News) -- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help treat persistent insomnia, working best with medication in acute treatment but on its own over the long term, according to a study published in the May 20 issue of JAMA.

Charles M. Morin, Ph.D., of the Universite Laval in Quebec, and colleagues conducted a trial of 160 adults with persistent insomnia who were treated in two phases. In the first phase they were randomized to receive CBT alone or together with 10 mg/day of zolpidem for six weeks. In the second phase, those in the CBT group either continued or discontinued the therapy for six months, while those in the combined treatment group either continued with both or with CBT alone. (Read entire article)