Sleep Restriction Therapy for Insomnia

Status: Strong Research Support


Sleep restriction therapy utilizes a form of systematic sleep deprivation in which a sleep window is established and maintained to allow the body to (re)learn proper sleeping dynamics and increase sleep efficiency. For example, if a patient reports spending about 8 hours per night in bed, but only sleeps 6 of those hours, the amount of time in bed would be reduced to closely match the amount of time the patient typically sleeps in bed (in this case, 6 hours). Periodic adjustments to this sleep window are made contingent upon sleep efficiency, until an optimal sleep duration is reached.

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