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Chronic insomnia: diagnosis and non-pharmacological management

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 16 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5819

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Hypnotherapy against chronic insomnia

Clinical hypnotherapy has proved highly effective in treating insomnia/chronic insomnia, alone, even when compared to sedatives. [1][2][3][4][5][6]
Level I evidence demonstrates that adding hypnotherapy to CBT greatly enhances clinical outcomes. [7]
Thus, clinical hypnotherapy should always be part of any proposed treatment plan.

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 November 2016
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Clinic
Thessaloniki, Greece