University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Dr. Colletti



Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review the treatment for insomnia with cognitive behavioral therapy.

Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted with search terms insomnia, cognitive behavioral therapy, and sleep hygiene. 106 clinical study articles and 5 systematic review articles were discovered. These articles will be the starting point for this clinical review.

Results: CBT-I is valuable, but possibly more effective when used in combination with medication therapy for insomnia. However, CBT-I can be used to help with insomnia in patients with comorbid conditions.

Conclusion: CBT-I can provide a long term solution for insomnia. However, it may be more effective with the use of medication in the first six weeks. CBT-I is still a valid treatment option for insomnia with or without the addition of medication. Research will continue on CBT-I. CBT-I and sleep hygiene may improve insomnia more than just CBT-I alone.

Keywords: Cognitive behavioral therapy, insomnia, sleep hygiene.


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