Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia has been proven in multiple studies to be more effective than sleeping pills in treating insomnia. Sleeping pills only help you fall asleep 10 minutes faster, and after 3 months, only have a placebo effect.
The American College of Physicians recommends that all adult patients receive cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) as the initial treatment for chronic insomnia disorder. Sleeping pills should not be the first line of defense against insomnia.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is a treatment for insomnia that is grounded in the science of behavior change, psychological theories, and the science of sleep. There is strong empirical evidence that CBT-I is effective. Recognition of CBT-I as the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia is based on how effective it is for treating Insomnia.