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Cognitive behavioural therapy can help chronic insomnia, review finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3076 (Published 09 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3076
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can improve sleep in patients with chronic insomnia without the need for drugs, a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found.[1]

Clinical chronic insomnia affects as many as 15% of adults and is linked to anxiety, depression, and type 2 diabetes. Hypnotics such as benzodiazepines are the most commonly used treatment for insomnia but are …

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