Transcript for Treating Depression May Start With Treating Insomnia
rest of us. A major headline about americans who do not get enough sleep at night. You've sent us your videos, tossing and turning up all night. A new report finds a link between insomnia and direction and treating one would treat the other. Paula faris. Reporter: We used to think that depression caused insomnia. Researchers are now saying it might be the other way around. Insomnia is important and it was the most important thing in predicting whether or not somebody responded to depression therapies. Reporter: According to ground breaking research out of toronto, depression therapy was significantly more effective when coupled with insomnia treatment. Shelby harris. I hope this will at least get more people tested. Reporter: This is based on a treatment called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia or cbti which has been around for decades. Through a series of sessions doctors change your sleep schedule drastically at first, training your body that your bed is only for sleeping. Get up when you can't sleep and don't try to force it. Do you see this revolut revolutionizing the way we treat depression. We will see better outcomes over all. Reporter: They claim a 40 percent decrease in depression symptoms. If the solution has been there all the time what does that say. Sometimes the most obvious things are the things we don't see. Reporter: Not all insurance carriers reimburse. This is not a cure for depression but we are talking about remarkable improvement. To an image from overseas, caroline kennedy, today in
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