Insomnia
Current Care Summary |  Published: 2015-12-16  
Working group set up by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and the Finnish Sleep Research Society
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Insomnia

Current Care Summary
16.12.2015
Working group set up by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and the Finnish Sleep Research Society

Current Care Guideline «Unettomuus»1 and Summary «Unettomuus»2 in Finnish

Insomnia symptoms must be differentiated from insomnia disorder. The correct diagnosis of insomnia disorder is important, as insomnia may also be a symptom of many other diseases. Cognitive behavioral methods are recommended as first-line treatment options. Treatment of acute insomnia with hypnotics should not exceed two weeks. In elderly persons adverse effects of hypnotics may exceed their beneficial effects in long-term use. Antidepressive medications acting on the histamine-1 system may be used in very small doses. The new guideline includes e.g. insomnia in pregnant and menopausal women and in cancer patients, and driving issues.

Markku Partinen (Chair)

Anne Huutoniemi

Soili Kajaste

Rea Lagerstedt

Juha Markkula

Erkki Mäkinen

Ilari Paakkari

Timo Partonen

Päivi Polo

Outi Saarenpää-Heikkilä

Maaria Seppälä

Katriina Kukkonen-Harjula

Arja Tuunainen

Current Care Guidelines are independent, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. These national guidelines cover important issues related to Finnish health, medical treatment as well as prevention of diseases. Learn more