TREATMENT VARIES

In a U.S. Newswire press release, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine "recommends that people who have sleep disorders consult a board-certified sleep specialist or go to an AASM-accredited sleep center to receive diagnosis and the best treatment available."(12)

TIPS FOR OVERCOMING INSOMNIA

According to the National Sleep Foundation and American Insomnia Association, people suffering from insomnia should do the following:

PRESCRIPTIONS

There are some approved sleeping pills that could help insomnia.

BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

If something like worry or stress causes an individual's insomnia, behavioral therapy is another effective option.

RECENT STUDIES

In March 2002, The American Journal of Psychology published the findings of University of Rochester psychologists Drs. Michael T Smith and Michael Perlis that provedthat behavioral therapy is just as effective as pharmacotherapy in treating insomnia. Their paper was entitled "Comparative Meta-Analysis of Pharmacotherapy and Behavior Therapy for Persistent Insomnia."

Based on the studies that they conducted, Smith and Perlis concluded that behavioral therapy works best as a long-term solution to insomnia, whereas pharmacotherapy is a more immediate way to reduce a patient's insomnia.

In an article from the American Psychological Association Web site, Dr. Smith concluded that, "the article chips away at that common myth that drug therapies are always more potent than behavioral treatments... it shows that behavior therapy for chronic insomnia should be a first-line treatment, which is currently not the case."(3)