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Med Clin North Am. 2017 Sep;101(5):865-879. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2017.04.005. Epub 2017 Jun 20.

Integrative Medicine for Insomnia.

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1
Department of Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA. Electronic address: eric_zhou@dfci.harvard.edu.
2
Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, 1 Boston Medical Center Place, Boston, MA 02218, USA.
3
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA.

Abstract

Difficulty initiating and/or maintaining sleep is a common issue. Patients experiencing insomnia symptoms frequently self-treat their symptoms with sleep medications. However, there remains concern regarding the short- and long-term health impacts of sleep medications. This article discusses the evidence supporting integrative approaches to insomnia treatment, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and mind-body therapies (mindfulness meditation, yoga, tai chi), as well as emerging data for use of other less well supported approaches (dietary supplements, acupuncture).

KEYWORDS:

Alternative therapy; Complementary medicine; Insomnia; Integrative medicine; Sleep disorders

PMID:
28802468
DOI:
10.1016/j.mcna.2017.04.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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