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October 1973

Ineffectiveness of Electrosleep in Chronic Primary Insomnia

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md
From the Section on Clinical Studies, Laboratory of Clinical Psychobiology, CBRD, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Md.

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.