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Breakthrough in how to treat insomnia

Persistent insomnia affects about 10% of adults, and the resulting fatigue can significantly impair how someone functions during the day. If left untreated, chronic insomnia may also increase the risk for major depression and hypertension. But now Quebec researchers have found that combining therapy and medication may help people with insomnia to sleep more soundly.

Charles Morin - a clinical psychologist at Laval University in Quebec City - and his colleagues reported that a psychological treatment called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helped people with insomnia in the long term. They published their study in Wednesday’s issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study included 160 adults who were randomly assigned to receive CBT alone or CBT plus the drug zolpidem for six weeks, followed by six months of therapy. After six weeks, Morin said that what the results showed is that it’s best to discontinue the medication and keep people in therapy with CBT. The therapy teaches people not to worry obsessively about their insomnia, since going to bed worried tends to perpetuate sleeplessness. According to Dr. Rhonda Low, stress is the most common problem that is stopping Canadians from sleeping well so relaxation therapy and meditation are other types of CBT.

More about this in the video below by Dr. Rhonda Low from CTV:

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