Chronic Insomnia Treatment: Five Things to Remember

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BMJ 2016;354:i2123
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Clinical Review

State of the Art Review

Advances in the management of chronic insomnia

Margaret Kay-Stacey, Hrayr Attarian

Correspondence to: M Kay-Stacey margaret-stacey@northwestern.edu

Abstract

Chronic insomnia is a common condition that affects people worldwide and has negative effects on patients’ health and wellbeing. The treatment of insomnia can be complex and time consuming for patients and providers. Although behavioral interventions are the first line therapy, there are barriers to access for these treatments. However, in recent years, alternative ways of providing these behavioral therapies that make them more widely available have been investigated. Drugs also play an important role in the treatment of insomnia and new drugs have been introduced as options for treating patients with sleep initiation and sleep maintenance insomnia. In this review, we will discuss advances in the past six years in both non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments for patients with chronic insomnia. We will also review the controversies surrounding some of the current drug treatments, as well as the role that technology and personal activity monitoring devices may play in treating insomnia.

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