Current Sleep Medicine Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 57–65

Using Mindfulness for the Treatment of Insomnia

Behavioral Therapy (J Edinger, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s40675-017-0068-1

Cite this article as:
Ong, J.C. & Smith, C.E. Curr Sleep Medicine Rep (2017) 3: 57. doi:10.1007/s40675-017-0068-1
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  1. Topical Collection on Behavioral Therapy


Purpose of review

The goal of this review is to provide an update on the use of mindfulness meditation for the treatment of insomnia, including conceptual models and empirical evidence from randomized controlled trials.

Recent findings

A metacognitive model of insomnia has been proposed as a conceptual model to explain the application of mindfulness principles for reducing insomnia-related arousal. Furthermore, the evidence base for mindfulness-based therapies has grown with the results of several randomized controlled trials published in the past 3 years. Treatment effects appear to be strongest on self-report measures compared to objective measures of sleep.


Treatment programs featuring mindfulness meditation appear to be viable treatment options for people with insomnia. Further research is needed to determine who is likely to benefit from mindfulness-based therapies and how these interventions work. Additionally, further work is needed to resolve issues related to the delivery and implementation of mindfulness-based therapies.


Insomnia Mindfulness Meditation Complementary and alternative medicine Metacognitions Cognitive therapy 

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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