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Insomnia Overview

Treatment: Insomnia

Consult a healthcare professional prior to seeking any treatment for insomnia.

There are a number of treatments available for patients suffering from insomnia. Depending on each individual's case, one particular treatment, or a combination of treatments, will prove to be more effective or appropriate than others. The types of treatments can typically be divided into two primary categories, behavioral and medical.

Behavioral Treatments
Treatment Details
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) A prescribed combination of behavioral manipulations (e.g. relaxation training, sleep restriction) that has been shown to benefit many patients with insomnia.
Stimulus Control One of the components of CBT, Stimulus Control therapy reassociates the bed and bedroom with sleeping by limiting non-sleep activities.
Acupuncture, Acupressure, & Massage A variety of behavioral approaches have been used with specific patients populations. Their limited application has prevented demonstrations of efficacy equivalent to CBT.

Pharmacological Treatments
Treatment Details Brand Name
Benzodiazepines Some of these older drugs are approved for the treatment of insomnia, e.g. triazolam or temazepam. Their use has largely been supplanted by newer compounds which appear to offer safety advantages. Dalmane
Benzodiazepine receptor agonists (BzRAs) Newer agents (e.g. zolpidem and eszopliclone) that are chemically unrelated to benzodiazepines but act at a subset of the benzodiazepine receptors.                      
Ambien CR Lunesta
Melatonin receptor agonists Newer prescription drugs that bind to the melatonin receptor and mimic the sedative effects of that hormone.


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