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Sleep disorders are treatable, and new guidelines may direct care

Insomnia is a common problem in America, and no matter the reason, letting the problem fester can make getting a good night's sleep even tougher, says Emerson M. Wickwire, assistant professor of psychiatry and medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the director of the insomnia program at Maryland's Midtown Medical Center.

He explains new medical guidelines that call for cognitive-behavioral treatment as the first line of treatment.

When is sleep trouble considered a disorder, as opposed to the occasional problems most people experience?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, on any given night, 30 percent to 40 percent of adults in the...