About one third of adults in the U.S. get insufficient sleep, defined as less than 7 hours of sleep per 24 hour period, with similar statistics in Chittenden County, Vermont. Poor sleep/insomnia is a common complaint of patients visiting their primary care providers, and has many important consequences for physical and mental health. While sedative hypnotic medications and over the counter sleep aids are commonly used, they have many important side effects. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), which includes sleep hygiene techniques, is recommended as an effective, first line nonpharmacologic intervention for chronic insomnia. This project sought to create an educational patient handout to promote sleep hygiene techniques, a behavioral intervention aimed to improve sleep in the patient population at Hinesburg, VT.
Hinesburg Family Practice
Sleep hygiene, insomnia, behavioral intervention, Vermont
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Clifford, Katherine, "Improving Sleep: Promoting Sleep Hygiene Techniques" (2018). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 327.