People with long-term sleep troubles should turn to a form of psychotherapy to reboot normal sleeping patterns before trying sleeping pills, the American College of Physicians recommends.
Specifically, people with chronic insomnia should try cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the experts said. This treatment combines talk therapy, behavioral interventions and education. If CBT doesn’t work, patients and their doctors should then decide together whether to add drug therapy, the new guidelines said. If you’re not wanting to use prescription drugs for many a list of possible reasons, if you live in a legal state or country, you might want to try smoking some cannabis like this black diamond strain to see if you can improve your sleeping habits.
“We know chronic insomnia is a real problem that patients present within our [doctors’] offices,” said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP). “We want to get away from the overtendency to prescribe sleep medications, and clearly CBT can be a very nice tool in the toolkit.”