From Medical News Today Written by Catharine Paddock, PhD. Published: Tuesday 14 June 2016
People who find it difficult to fall or stay asleep may be surprised to learn that new research suggests they should try spending less time in bed as a way to prevent chronic insomnia. The finding supports the idea that the way to tackle insomnia is to avoid increasing sleep opportunity – instead, it should be decreased to match sleep ability.
In fact, the study – led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in Philadelphia – found that what may have helped 70-80 percent of participants with short-term or acute insomnia from allowing the problem to become chronic or long-term was a natural tendency to restrict time in bed.
For example, if they fell asleep at 11 p.m. and intended to get up at 7:30 a.m. but found themselves awake at 5:30 a.m., then they would get up anyway and start their day, rather than lie awake in bed.