10. Using Medications to Treat Insomnia

  1. Douglas B. Kirsch MD, FAASM2,3
  1. Andrei Andreea MD

Published Online: 11 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118764152.ch10

Sleep Medicine in Neurology

Sleep Medicine in Neurology

How to Cite

Andreea, A. (2013) Using Medications to Treat Insomnia, in Sleep Medicine in Neurology (ed D. B. Kirsch), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118764152.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 3

    Division of Sleep Neurology, Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

Author Information

  1. Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, The Methodist Hospital, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 7 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335514

Online ISBN: 9781118764152



  • insomnia;
  • circadian rhythm disorder;
  • cognitive behavioral therapy;
  • neurological disorders.


Insomnia and Circadian Rhythm disorders are prevalent in the general population. Special populations such as those with neurological illness experience additional challenges to acquiring satisfactory and restorative sleep. The following chapter reviews some of the basic concepts of non-pharmacological treatment of insomnia and circadian rhythm disorder. We discuss strategies to best identify the factors influencing insomnia and circadian rhythm disorder, treatment concepts, and how to manage treatment challenges. Special focus is placed on patients with neurological disease.