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Stimulus control therapy rules

Stimulus control therapy rules
1. Go to bed only when sleepy.
2. Do not watch television, read, eat, or worry while in bed. Use bed only for sleep and sex.
3. Get out of bed if unable to fall asleep within 20 minutes and go to another room. Return to bed only when sleepy. Repeat this step as many times as necessary throughout the night.
4. Set an alarm clock to wake up at a fixed time each morning, including weekends.
5. Do not take a nap during the day.
Data from: Bootzin RR, Perlis ML. Nonpharmacologic treatments of insomnia. J Clin Psychiatry 1992; 53:37.
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