Relaxation Training for Insomnia

Status: Strong Research Support


In relaxation-based treatments, patients are taught formal exercises focused on reducing somatic tension (e.g., progressive muscle relaxation, autogenic training) or intrusive thoughts at bedtime (e.g., imagery training, meditation). Multiple weekly or biweekly sessions are typically required to adequately teach relaxation skills. Practice at home is also encouraged, so patients can gain mastery of the relaxation techniques. Although relaxation therapy is demonstrably effective, there is little evidence suggesting differential effectiveness across the range of relaxation modalities.

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