Rest easy: new intervention for insomnia

A BRIEF behavioural intervention delivered by nurses may be the key to combating chronic insomnia in older adults, a study shows.

Consisting of two face-to-face sessions and two phone calls, the intervention resulted in 55% of participants reporting no insomnia after four weeks.

It also resulted in clinical and statistically significant improvements in reported sleep and health outcomes. 

No improvements were seen in polysomnography, possibly due to the shorter duration of the intervention than conventional cognitive behavioural therapy.

Improvements in sleep were maintained at six months.

A total of 79 older adults, mean age 71 years, were randomly assigned the intervention therapy or printed educational material.

The researchers concluded that future studies should examine the feasibility of educating nurses in brief behavioural treatments.

Widespread use of cognitive behavioural therapies for