Mind wandering may lead to insomnia

Brain imaging study reveals the wandering mind behind insomnia — Study is the first to find functional MRI differences in working memory in people with primary insomnia – A new brain imaging study may help explain why people with insomnia often complain that they struggle to concentrate during the day even when objective evidence of a cognitive problem is lacking.

Regular long term exercise is good for sleep

Exercise is no quick cure for insomnia – Hitting the treadmill today won’t help you sleep tonight; it takes 4 months to kick in – Exercise is a common prescription for insomnia. But spending 45 minutes on the treadmill one day won’t translate into better sleep that night. “If you have insomnia you won’t exercise yourself into sleep right away,” said lead study author Kelly Glazer Baron, a clinical psychologist and director of the behavioral sleep program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Sleep disturbances improve after retirement

Study shows that sleep disturbances improve after retirement — This study is the first to examine the trajectories in sleep disturbances before and after retirement over an extended time window. – The retirement is followed by a sharp decrease in the prevalence of sleep disturbances, revealed by researchers. This general improvement in sleep is likely to result from the removal of work-related demands and stress rather than from actual health benefits of retirement.

Internet based intervention improves insomnia

Internet-Based Intervention May Improve Insomnia — Participants who received the Internet intervention for insomnia significantly improved their sleep. – The Internet appears to have considerable potential in delivering a structured behavioral program for insomnia. An online insomnia intervention based on established face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy techniques appears to improve patients’ sleep.

Cognitive behavioral therapy effective for chronic insomnia

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for chronic insomnia – A majority of people experiencing chronic insomnia can experience a normalization of sleep parameters through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), according to a research abstract presented on Tuesday, June 9, at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

Online cognitive behavioral therapy effective for chronic insomnia

Online cognitive behavioral therapy is effective in treating chronic insomnia – A study in the June 1 issue of the journal SLEEP demonstrates that online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for chronic insomnia significantly improves insomnia severity, daytime fatigue, and sleep quality. Online treatment also reduces erroneous beliefs about sleep and pre-sleep mental arousal.

Cognitive behavior therapy better for insomnia treatment

Combination Therapy Appears Helpful for Short-Term Treatment of Insomnia; Cognitive Behavior Therapy May Be Better for Long-Term – For patients with persistent insomnia, a combination of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and the medication zolpidem for 6 weeks was associated with modest improvement in sleep, although for a longer treatment period CBT alone was more beneficial, according to a study in the May 20 issue of JAMA.

Insomnia appears to be a persistent condition

Insomnia often appears to be a persistent condition – About three-fourths of individuals with insomnia report experiencing the condition for at least one year and almost half experience it for three years.

Economic burden of untreated insomnia is high

American Academy of Sleep Medicine Study Shows that the Societal, Economic Burden of Insomnia is High. – A study in the Jan. 1 issue of the journal Sleep indicates that the indirect costs of untreated insomnia are significantly greater than the direct costs associated with its treatment.

Insomnia linked to depression and substance abuse

A unique longitudinal study is the first to analyze insomnia in adolescents both in association with mental health problems during adolescence and as a risk factor for mental health problems in young adulthood – Adolescent insomnia symptoms are associated with depression, suic_ide ideation and attempts, and the use of alcohol, cannabis and other drugs such as cocaine.

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