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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 193-201

Chronic insomnia: A review

1 Department of Psychiatry, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Hind Institute of Medical Science, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Clinical Psychology, State Institute of Mental Health, Pt. B. D. Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India
4 Department of Social Work, Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Suprakash Chaudhury
Department of Psychiatry, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune - 411 018, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_76_19

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Chronic insomnia is a fairly common condition affecting one-fourth of the clinical population. It has been variously defined and is related to a large number of conditions. A thorough assessment of the patient presenting with chronic insomnia is of vital importance for the treatment. Treatment consists of modifying sleep habits to reduce autonomic and cognitive factors and education about healthier sleep practice. Drug treatment should be reserved for the short-term alleviation of insomnia. Appropriate treatment of chronic insomnia improves the quality of life. The prevention of insomnia consists of a balance of rest, recreational exercise in combination with stress management and a healthy diet.

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