By reading this article the health and fitness professional will:
- ‐ Learn that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is superior to sleeping pills for treating insomnia, and its accessibility is rapidly improving.
- ‐ Be reminded that exercise can promote sleep in insomnia.
- ‐ Find a list of recommendations on good sleep practices that can be shared with clients to help with insomnia symptoms.
Rachel R. Markwald, Ph.D., is a research physiologist at the Naval Health Research Center and holds an adjunct faculty position at Arizona State University. Her research interests include the optimization of sleep and circadian rhythms in operational environments and behavioral interventions for the treatment of insomnia.
Imran Iftikhar, M.D., FACP, FCCP, is an associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine at Emory University (Atlanta, GA). He is currently the section chief for the section of pulmonary and critical care at Emory St. Joseph's Hospital. His clinical interests include management of sleep apnea and Restless Legs Syndrome. He has authored several papers in the field of sleep medicine.
Shawn D. Youngstedt, Ph.D., is a professor at Arizona State University and the Phoenix VA. His work focuses on nonpharmacologic treatment for sleep and circadian rhythms disorders.
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.