The Clinical Advisor reports that cognitive behavioral therapy may have positive long-term effects on insomnia patients who use hypnotic drugs.

Most patients continue to use nonbenzodiazepine and benzodiazepine hypnotics in primary care for a duration of greater than one month, contrary to guideline recommendations to limit its use to two to four weeks.5 Sociodemographic factors associated with greater long-term use of hypnotics include age older than 65, female gender, and higher income levels.6