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Hawaii Med J. 2002 Sep;61(9):192, 213.

Evidence based complementary intervention for insomnia.

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  • 1National Center for PTSD, Department of Veterans Affairs, Spark M. Matsunaga Medical and Regional Office Center, 1132 Bishop St., Suite 307, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA.


Increasing scientific evidence point to a non-pharmacological complementary treatment for insomnia: white noise. Its presentation has been shown to induce sleep in human neonates and adults, probably by reducing the signal-to-noise ratio of ambient sound. White noise may be a simple, safe, cost-effective alternative to hypnotic medication in many psychiatric disorders, especially acute stress disorder and PTSD.

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