Behavioral Strategies, Including Exercise, for Addressing Insomnia

ACSMs Health Fit J. 2018 Mar-Apr;22(2):23-29. doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000375.


Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia is superior to sleeping pills for treating insomnia, and its accessibility is rapidly improving. Exercise can also promote sleep in insomnia. A list of recommendations on good sleep practices can be applied prior to consulting with a clinician and can often resolve insomnia symptoms.

Summary statement: Insomnia is associated with negative psychological and physiological health outcomes. Established behavioral strategies for addressing insomnia such as adoption of good sleep habits and engagement in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia have documented efficacy. Exercise is also efficacious with unique health benefits.

Keywords: cognitive behavioral therapy; exercise; health; insomnia; sleep problems.