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Best Treatment for Insomnia

What is the best treatment for insomnia?

For many people, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is the best treatment for insomnia. A recent review of multiple research studies concluded:

“CBT-I is effective for treating insomnia when compared with medications, and its effects may be more durable than medications. Primary care providers should consider CBT-I as a first-line treatment option for insomnia.” [1]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

CBT-I can benefit most people with insomnia, including older adults. The effects of CBT-I are long lasting and there is no evidence of negative side effects.

Dr. McMahon can help you learn to get better sleep with CBT-I. Unlike medications, CBT-I does not interfere with restful sleep, prevent you from awakening if needed, or leave you groggy.

By working with Dr. McMahon, you can learn to:

  • Recognize and change beliefs that interfere with your ability to sleep. For example, learning how to control or eliminate negative thoughts or worries that keep you awake.
  • Develop good sleep habits and avoid behaviors that keep you from sleeping well.

In addition to CBT-I, Dr. McMahon also teaches self-hypnosis for insomnia.

For more information, call Dr. McMahon at 1-415-625-3565 or see Insomnia Treatment Without Medication.


[1] Mitchell MD, et al. Comparative effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia: a systematic review. BMC Fam Pract. 2012 May 25;13:40.