January 26, 2011

IT'S A PLACE TO SLEEP, NOT TO NOT SLEEP:

To help overcome insomnia, get out of bed, study shows (Reuters, January 25, 2011)

For insomniacs to get better sleep, spending less time in bed may be key — one part of short-term behavioural therapy that could help older adults beat insomnia, according to a study.

Daniel Buysse, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, led a research team that found that a few short visits and phone calls with a nurse as part of a brief behavioural treatment helped overcome chronic insomnia among older adults.

Insomnia affects one in every five US citizens, rising to one in three among the elderly, and has been linked to a range of physical problems from accidents to hypertension. Not surprisingly, it is also detrimental to mental health.

The keystone of the behavioural therapy involved, as reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, was simple yet counter-intuitive.

“When you are sleeping poorly, the most important thing you can do is spend less time in bed,” Buysse said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2011 6:55 AM
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