Be sure to consult your doctor or other licensed physician before taking any medication for sleep disorders. If improving sleep hygiene and other lifestyle changes alone don’t help you sleep, the next step is cognitive behavioral therapy to improve sleep and reverse chronic sleep disorders. The American College of Physicians recommends cognitive behavioral therapy as a first-line treatment for sleep disorders. No, not alcohol, which can interfere with sleep.
A treatment regimen for chronic insomnia usually includes at least one behavioral intervention, often in the form of cognitive behavioral therapy for sleep disorders (CBT-i). If therapy and other behavioral interventions aren’t effective, your doctor may recommend a form of sleep aid.