Need More Sleep? UPMC Experts Offer Tips To Help

By Cristina Mestre

Experts at UPMC’s Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) know that insomnia is a common problem affecting nearly 30 percent of Americans. 

The most common treatment for insomnia is medication, but many people don’t respond well to sleeping pills.  Medication can also be habit-forming, have negative side effects, and can lose effectiveness over time.  Behavioral treatments can help, but few psychotherapists have the specialized training needed to manage insomnia effectively.  

According to Ronald Glick, M.D., CIM's medical director, it’s no surprise then that insomnia is high on the list of reasons that people seek complementary therapies. Acupuncture, meditation, massage therapy, and dietary supplements are all among the complementary insomnia therapies for which research shows promise:

In addition, Dr. Glick and experts from the UPMC Sleep Medicine Center suggest the following guidelines to get you started on improving your sleep: