Navigation Links
Can't Sleep? Try Online Therapy
Date:6/5/2009

Help with relaxation techniques and bedtime habits may ease insomnia

FRIDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- You've tried counting sheep, maybe even taken sleeping pills. You might also want to try online therapy for help in getting a better night's rest.

Chronic insomniacs who took part in online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), including education about sleep hygiene, relaxation techniques and tips for stilling an overactive mind, reported getting a better night's sleep than those who didn't take part in the therapy, according to a study in the June 1 issue of the journal Sleep.

The study involved 118 adults with chronic insomnia, meaning they'd experienced nighttime sleep problems followed by excessive daytime fatigue more than four times a week for six months or longer.

Half of the participants were given access to audiovisual clips, downloadable MP3 files and PDF files that provided information about ways to combat insomnia. The others were put on a waiting list and asked not to seek treatment in the meantime.

The audiovisual material included information on insomnia and relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and self-hypnosis as well as tips for promoting good "sleep hygiene." Suggestions included not napping during the day, getting out of bed if you can't fall asleep and creating a restful bedroom environment. Other lessons covered ways to calm down and put to rest anxiety and worrisome thoughts when trying to sleep.

After five weeks, 81 percent of those being treated (30 of 37) reported at least mild improvement in their sleep, including 35 percent who rated themselves as much or very much improved.

About 30 percent said they got an additional hour of sleep by the end of the program. Those who'd received treatment also developed healthier attitudes about sleep and were less likely to report having an overactive mind at bedtime.

"Although each segment of the CBT program is important, the cognitive therapy module was the most positively rated," said the study's lead author, Norah Vincent, a psychologist at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. "The cognitive therapy section was designed to help individuals to develop realistic expectations about sleep and the impact of sleep on next-day functioning while teaching a variety of strategies for coping with an overactive mind and worries."

About 9 percent of the U.S. population suffers from insomnia, according to the study.

More information

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has more on insomnia.



-- Jennifer Thomas



SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, June 1, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Cantel Medical Reports a 109% Increase in Net Income - EPS of $0.25 vs. $0.12 for Quarter Ended April 30, 2009
2. Text Messaging Medication Reminders Significantly Reduces Organ Rejection in Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients
3. New Market Research Study Shows Lung Cancer Treatments Differ Significantly by Both Age and Geography
4. FDA Approves SAMSCA(TM) (tolvaptan), the First and Only Oral Vasopressin Antagonist to Treat Patients With Clinically Significant Hypervolemic and Euvolemic Hyponatremia
5. New Clinical Data Shows Significant Improvement in the Appearance of Fat Using SlimLipo(TM) Laser
6. Side discrepancy errors in radiology reports rare but often clinically significant
7. BioHorizons Reports on Comparative 3-Year Dental Implant Study Showing Significant Crestal Bone and Soft Tissue Retention Using Laser-Lok(R) Microchannels
8. U.S. Study Shows Significant Improvement for Patients Suffering from Excessive Sweating with Topical Antiperspirant
9. Dynatronics Reports Significant Improvement in Operations
10. Indianapolis Residents View Economic Challenges as Significant Barrier to Properly Managing Type 2 Diabetes
11. New Study Shows Women Experience Significantly Less Unscheduled Bleeding With the ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN(R) LO Birth Control Pill Versus Another Pill
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Can't Sleep? Try Online Therapy 
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Everseat has joined the ... available to physicians. The integration will enable Allscripts users to post open appointments ... free mobile app. , The partnership gives Everseat substantial added power to help ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 10, 2016 , ... The recreational use of marijuana has been legal in ... a lot of restrictions as to where they can smoke pot. , As ... that cannabis “may not be consumed openly or publicly.” , Given the momentum of ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... According to a recent article published January 28th ... patients under the age of 30. According to Southern California based medical center, Beverly ... indicate an overall shift in the rapidly growing social acceptance of cosmetic surgery procedures. ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... February 09, 2016 , ... ... reconstruction firm helping businesses recover after a disaster, announced today the acquisition of ... companies in Hawaii. , “Investing in like-minded companies who excel at ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... Campbell, California (PRWEB) , ... ... ... of automated print and e-book publishing software, in partnership with Snowfall4pod Digital, ... AVALANCHE – a comprehensive book publishing, content management, global distribution and print-on-demand ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... February 9, 2016 QGEN ... collaboration with 10x Genomics to develop and promote ... and bioinformatics. --> QGEN ; Frankfurt ... 10x Genomics to develop and promote comprehensive solutions ... --> QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 9, 2016 The new report ... Acuity Business Research & Consulting group reveals that global diagnostic ultrasound ... expected to grow to US$ 7,466.3 million by 2019 at a ... market analysis of global ultrasound market has been analyzed for six ... , Asia-Pacific , Latin America ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 9, 2016 This ... surgical interventions, reported by the ICD-9 coding system in ... to the surgical procedure volumes, the report provides written ... and dynamics of the local markets. In addition, the latest ... --> --> The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: