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Overnight treatment for chronic insomnia

February 7, 2012
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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March 7, 2012

Good blog! I truly love how it is nice on my eyes it is. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your RSS which may do the trick? Have a nice day!

March 3, 2012

I am really glad I’ve found this info. Today bloggers publish just about gossips and web and this is really irritating. A good web site with exciting content, that is what I need. Thanks for keeping this site, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can not find it.

P.J. Skerrett
March 3, 2012

Moda — Harvard Health publishes several health newsletters and special reports. You can see them all at

Frank R.
February 24, 2012

I wonder how hard is the problem of apnea. I found this web site and would like some reviews


Cassie Miller
February 23, 2012

This kind of illness is something to do with stress. Problems is the cause of having mind stress that sometimes lead us into not sleeping and can lead into insomnia. Common people suffering this are adults but do you know that some of teens and students are also suffering this that may also lead into depression.

Michael Tibus
February 15, 2012

If you are looking into some thing more economical, there are natural supplements available to treat chronic insomnia. The Montmorency cherry is an effective aid for sleep loss because it has natural melatonin built in. My next door neighbor struggled with insomnia for years. She implemented Montmorency cherries into her diet and now she is fine.

Michael Tibus

Mark Aldrich
February 15, 2012

Wow, this is nothing short of intense…this is my first time hearing the administration of this therapy, and I have to admit that it makes a lot of sense…it’s rebuilding that pre-sleep state – many times over, and I can’t imagine anyone going through that sort of therapy who’ll forget how it’d feel like.

Mark Aldrich
February 15, 2012

By the way, I left this out, I’ve heard of insomnia cures like phototherapy (bright light therapy – increase exposure to bright light during the morning, typically used to treat SAD and also for sleep related disorders) and chronotherapy (where the sleep time of the participant is moved forward in two hour intervals, e.g. 3 am – 5 am – 7 am, etc., until the desired sleep time is reached) used to treat insomnia. How do these therapies compare to the deprivation method described above?

Peter Lind
February 9, 2012

I like your article here about chronic insomnia. One thing you do mention is how chronic stress can precipitate and continue the ongoing problems with insomnia.many people don’t realize until it’s too late the chronic effects of stress.

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