Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, recently led an insomnia study and determined that cognitive behavioral therapy may be the answer for many a sleepless night.

The Canadian authors have found that the effective approach is greatly underutilized by prospective insomnia patients.

The Problem

Chronic insomnia is thought to impact up to 10-15% of adults.  The condition is linked to significant health problems, including depression as well as functioning challenges at times leading to dangerous accidents. Some have called it a “Frightening epidemic.

Key American data points:

  • 1 in 4 Americans  will develop insomnia each year
  • About 30% of American adults have insomnia symptoms
  • Up to 10% are likely to have chronic insomnia
  • 83% of those who suffer from depression also experience symptoms of insomnia
  • Insomnia is a major contributing factor to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes
  • Almost 80% of women experience insomnia during pregnancy

Sleeping Pills not the Answer

Many adults have prescriptions to sleeping pills, but this is no long-term solution and can lead to major problems. Side effects, and ultimately an addiction, can be the outcome.

Moving Forward

Published in the British Journal of General Practice, the Canadian team reviewed the results of 13 other comprehensive studies on insomnia.

Lead Research/Investigator

Judith Davidson, Queens University

Source: The Guardian

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