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Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Effective?

Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Effective?


Cognitive behavioral therapy IS effective for insomnia.

More Info: A study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center concluded that a simple and effective treatment for insomnia is short term behavioral counseling.

Study Purpose

The study set out to analyze the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral treatment both in person and through written materials on those reporting insomnia.

Study Methods

79 older adults with chronic insomnia were given either behavioral instructions by a nurse clinician in two face to face interviews followed up by two telephone conversations or given printed educational materials.

As reported through questionnaires and sleep diaries, those receiving the personal behavioral instructions had significantly better outcomes.

The effects of the behavioral counseling lasted for up to six months.



Daniel J. Buysse; Anne Germain; Douglas E. Moul; Peter L. Franzen; Laurie K. Brar; Mary E. Fletcher; Amy Begley; Patricia R. Houck; Sati Mazumdar; Charles F. Reynolds, III; Timothy H. Monk. Efficacy of Brief Behavioral Treatment for Chronic Insomnia in Older Adults. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2011; DOI:


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