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October 1973

Ineffectiveness of Electrosleep in Chronic Primary Insomnia

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;29(4):563-568. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.04200040103017

Seventeen patients with chronic primary insomnia each received 30 daytime electrosleep treatments in two courses at two different pulse frequencies over a seven-week period. The analyses of pretreatment and posttreatment all-night sleep polygraph recordings, sleep questionnaire and mood scale responses, and 24-hour urinary steroid levels did not demonstrate any significant effect in these patients.

Future research studies of electrosleep should emphasize effective double-blind techniques, objective measure of evaluation and response, and the careful delineation of patient populations which this new treatment technique may really help.