The effects of electrosleep on insomnia revisited

J Nerv Ment Dis. 1975 Aug;161(2):134-7. doi: 10.1097/00005053-197508000-00008.


Ten subjects who had suffered from sleep onset insomnia for a minimun of 2 years participated in a double blind study of the effects of electrosleep on this disorder. This paper reports a 2-year follow-up of these subjects. Of the five subjects who received 24 live treatments, four appeared to be able to fall asleep with little difficulty and to awake feeling moderately to very well rested. Only one appeared to have relapsed during the 2-year-no-treatment period. Of those receiving sham treatment four were having quite a bit of difficulty falling asleep but three of the five awoke feeling moderately well rested. Although the number of subjects is small, the trends appear consistent with the interpretation that sleep habits were improved for most of the real treatment subjects and for few of those receiving sham treatment.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Electronarcosis*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Reaction Time
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / therapy*