The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s blog provides an update on the school’s innovative insomnia program.

Insomia can be more than just a nuisance for as many as 30 percent of older adults suffering from it. The inability to sleep is associated with a number of health problems ranging from depression to diabetes, resulting in many people turning to medicine or spending more time in bed trying to catch up on missed sleep. This spring, the AgeWise sleep research study at the University of Pittsburgh, led by Daniel Buysse, M.D., and Timothy Monk, Ph.D., will treat its 100th older adult insomnia patient using therapies which do not involve sleeping pills. The AgeWise study, funded by a grant from the U.S. National Institute on Aging, aims to find out what causes insomnia and how best to treat it.