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, when sleep specialists share what's proven to work, it's buried in journals.

Here, we share what the specialists say - in plain language - without the hype of commercial interests.

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