In addition to this change in behavior, it’s also important to follow other guidelines to improve your sleep habits. If your bed partner has a sleep disorder and is affecting your ability to sleep, that should also be addressed. In sleep disorders, “stimulus” is any behavior or thought that can activate the nervous system, trigger anxiety, or serve as an indicator of alertness. This reduces sleep-related worries and anxiety, which will further improve your sleep.
Another benefit is that the time you spend awake and out of sleep helps to increase sleep pressure. As a result, sleep becomes more and more likely the longer you stick to the technique. The aim is to strengthen (or restore) the connection between bed and sleep and to weaken the learned connection between bed and activities other than sleep (including wakefulness, worry, anxiety, frustration, and anxiety).
What is stimulation control therapy for sleep disorders?
Progressive relaxation teaches the patient to identify and control tension through a series of exercises that first systematically tense and then relax each muscle group. In a large-scale systematic review and network meta-analysis, data from 154 double-blind, randomized controlled trials of drugs (approved or not) for acute and long-term treatment of sleep disorders in 44,089 adults (average age 51.7 years; 63% women) were analyzed. Although short naps during the day have been shown to increase energy and focus, it’s important not to nap during stimulus control therapy. Krystal et al. demonstrated the long-term efficacy and safety of prolonged-release zolpidem (Ambien-CR) over 6 months in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.