New clinical guideline recommendations say multi-component CBT very effective for chronic insomnia

Chronic insomnia could be effectively treated using multi-component cognitive behavioral therapy, new research in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has concluded.

The recommendations put forth by the study’s authors include the use of stimulus control, sleep restriction therapy, and relaxation therapy as single-component therapies for adults suffering from chronic insomnia.

From the study: “The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) commissioned a task force of experts in sleep medicine to develop recommendations and assign strengths based on a systematic review of the literature and an assessment of the evidence using Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) methodology.”

“The task force evaluated a summary of the relevant literature and the quality of evidence, the balance of clinically relevant benefits and harms, patient values and preferences, and resource use considerations that underpin the recommendations. The AASM Board of Directors approved the final recommendations,” the findings also say.

Overall, the findings detail six conditional recommendations for chronic insomnia among adults.

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