What is psychophysiological insomnia?
Psychophysiological insomnia is a subtype of the chronic insomnia disorder characterized by poor sleep and generate maladaptive condition caused by intermittent periods of stress, which affects more female adults than male.
The common symptoms of psychophysiological insomnia are chronic poor sleep and increasing anxiety about sleep. Other symptoms include depression and alcohol or medication abuse.
The patient initially may suffer from occasional insomnia because of some emotional stress and anxiety caused by family issue or daily work. In order to promote sleep, patients tend to take sleeping pills day after day and year after year. Whereas, long-term reliance on sleeping pills may worsen mental condition and anxiety about insomnia may become severe, finally leading to a psychophysiological insomnia.
Treatments of this type of insomnia include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medication treatment, sleep restriction therapy, relaxation therapy, and stimulus control.
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Key words: psychophysiological insomnia; cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).