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Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other Evidenced Based Treatments are New Standards for Certain Sleep Disorders

After a consensus meeting in May 2009, members of the British Association for Psychopharmacology set new guidelines for treatment of certain sleep disorders.  These guidelines established evidence-based treatment as the leading model of therapy for insomnia, parasomnias, and circadian rhythm disorders.  The results were published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Among the evidenced-based treatment protocols was Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).  CBT was recommended as a primary treatment for chronic insomnia.  CBT was also recommended during the tapering of long-term hypnotic drugs, since it has been proven to be effective in improving outcomes.  Behavioral strategies were specifically recommended for children with sleep problems. The decision by the British Association for Psychopharmacology to update guidelines for certain sleep disorders illustrates the efficacy of evidence-based treatments such as CBT.