Treatment overview

Lifestyle changes often can help relieve acute (short-term) insomnia. These changes might make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

A type of counseling called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help relieve the anxiety linked to chronic (ongoing) insomnia. Anxiety tends to prolong insomnia.

Several medicines also can help relieve insomnia and re-establish a regular sleep schedule. However, if your insomnia is the symptom or side effect of another problem, it's important to treat the underlying cause (if possible).

CBT-I for Chronic Insomnia

Ads say, "Ask your doctor" for a pill. But, is that the best way to go?

Sleep specialists recommend the best therapies. But, their articles are buried in journals.

Here, healthcare learners will use plain language to share what specialists say.

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