Best Sleep Aids, Explained

By Patty Onderko, Apr 3, 2023

Once underlying health conditions are either ruled out or managed, your doctor may suggest cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) as your first sleep “aid.” “CBT-i is the gold standard treatment for insomnia,” says Alex Dimitriu, M.D., a sleep medicine specialist and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in Menlo Park, CA. This therapy includes sleep education, stimulus control, sleep restriction, and relaxation training, explains Dr. Dimitriu. “The harder you try to fall asleep, the worse sleeplessness becomes,” he says, “so the goal of CBT-i is to make the bed a place of relaxation, associated with sleep.”

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