The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Treating insomnia with meditation plus CBT

    Researchers from Stanford University Medical Center in California combined mindfulness meditation with cognitive-behavior therapy for insomnia.

    First, the details.

    • 30 adults with psychophysiological insomnia, as defined by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Work Group, participated in a 6-week study of mindfulness meditation, sleep restriction, stimulus control, sleep education, and sleep hygiene.
    • Sleep diaries and self-reported pre-sleep arousal were assessed weekly.
    • Secondary measures of insomnia severity, arousal, mindfulness skills, and daytime functioning were assessed at before and after treatment.

    And, the results.

    • Overall, there were statistically and clinically significant improvements in several nighttime symptoms of insomnia.
    • Statistically significant reductions in pre-sleep arousal, sleep effort, and dysfunctional sleep-related cognitions were also reported.
    • There was a significant correlation between the number of meditation sessions and the changes measured.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded “The findings indicate that mindfulness meditation can be combined with cognitive-behavior therapy, and this integrated intervention is associated with reductions in both sleep and sleep-related arousal.

    5/29/08 20:46 JR

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