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Cognitive behavioral program may prevent insomnia in at-risk adolescents

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Pediatrics

Reuters Health - 25/02/2021 - Adolescents with a family history of insomnia and subthreshold insomnia symptoms may be able to avoid developing insomnia by undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy, a new study suggests.

Researchers randomized 218 adolescents with subthreshold insomnia and parental history of insomnia 1:1 to receive either four weekly hour-long group sessions promoting sleep hygiene with a modified cognitive behavioral therapy approach or to a control group that didn't receive the intervention. All participants were asked to keep sleep diaries and complete follow-up assessments at six and 12 months.

At 12 months, there was a significantly lower incidence of both acute and chronic insomnia in the intervention group (5.8%) than in the control group (20.7%), translating to a hazard ratio of 0.29.

"Insomnia is preventable with a brief preventive program," said senior study author Yun Kwok Wing of the department of psychiatry at the Chinese Universit...



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