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Treatments for Insomnia

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Treatments for Insomnia

Treatment of insomnia varies. It depends on how severe it is and the cause. Short-term or bouts of insomnia may not need treatment. This is because it lasts only a few days. When treatment is needed it may involve lifestyle changes, medicines, and other treatments.

The first step is to find and treat any underlying causes of insomnia. The main goal is to have normal and restful sleep.

Treatment may involve the following:


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  • Nicole Meregian, PA
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.