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Quick Uptakes
March 25, 1998

Sleep Tight

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JAMA. 1998;279(12):902. doi:10.1001/jama.279.12.902-JQU80000-6-1

A short course in behavior modification can produce long-lasting improvement in insomnia without pills.

In the February issue of the journal Sleep, Peter Hauri, PhD, codirector of the sleep disorders clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn, reported on 26 patients with chronic insomnia. After 3 weeks without medication, the patients were randomly assigned to receive 6 behavior training sessions and a prescription for triazolam only for occasional use or just the behavior training. The behavior sessions prompted patients to examine activities such as napping or evening exercise that may have affected their nighttime sleep.

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