New recommendations from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center mark a shift away from relying solely on medication to treat sleep disorders, reports the Army Times.

In a briefing Wednesday, Dr. Therese West recommended that health care providers first offer behavioral therapy before prescribing sedatives, antihistamines or benzodiazepines to troops and veterans. West is a subject matter expert at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.

”We want to make sure that providers are implementing the first line treatments of the stimulus control and sleep hygiene prior to medication,” West said.