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Behavioral treatment of insomnia in older adults: an open clinical trial comparing two interventions

15 Aug

A Norwegian research team from the University of Bergen randomly assigned 55 older insomniacs to 2 interventions (either sleep hygiene advice plus behavioral control training or sleep hygiene advice plus a relaxation tape.) in this controlled clinical trial. The subjects underwent no significant changes while on the wait list. But during the treatment periods, they improved on several sleep parameters and these gains were maintained at the 6-month follow-up. People did best on nocturnal treatment measures sleep onset and total sleep time and less well with daytime measures life satisfaction and daytime alertness. No differences were discovered between the two interventions.

Citation: Pallesen S, Nordhus IH, Kvale G, Nielsen GH, Havik OE, Johnsen BH, Skjotskift S. Behavioral treatment of insomnia in older adults: an open clinical trial comparing two interventions. Behavioral Research & Therapy 2003 Jan; 41 (1): pp. 31-48.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award