Clearly, sleeping pills work; the more relevant issue is whether there are any significant differences among them, and whether we should pony up 3 dollars per pill for the Maserati medications or just 3 cents per pill for perfectly adequate Civics.
You wrote an excellent book on non-pharmacological approaches to insomnia, and I’d like to go over some of the techniques you suggested. What are some practical techniques that psychiatrists can use in the context of short visits with patients?
Dr. Aiken is the Editor in Chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report; director of the Mood Treatment Center in North Carolina, where he maintains a private practice combining medication and therapy along with evidence-based complementary and alternative treatments; and Assistant Professor NYU Langone Department of Psychiatry. He has worked as a research assistant at the NIMH and a sub-investigator on clinical trials, and conducts research on a shoestring budget out of his private practice. Follow him on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.