Insomnia therapy may slow or reverse decline of cortical grey matter in fibromyalgia
Preliminary findings from a small study suggest that insomnia therapy may have a great impact on the atrophy of cortical grey matter in people who have fibromyalgia as well.
Results suggest that eight weeks of 50 minute sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia can alter central nervous system structure in people with fibromyalgia and insomnia. Those who received cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia demonstrated increases in cortical thickness after treatment, while individuals in a control group showed thinning of the cortex.
Interestingly, cognitive behavioural therapy for pain did not produce similar results.
“Our preliminary results suggest that while cognitive behavioural therapy for pain seemed to merely reduce cortical atrophy, cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia produced increases in cortical thickness following treatment,” explains Prof Christina McCrae, who published her findings in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. “Demonstration that cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia, a relatively brief intervention, can reverse or resolve pain-related, maladaptive neural plasticity has important implications for chronic pain sufferers.”
Arthritis Digest Magazine was selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 5 Arthritis Blogs on the internet in 2018.
For more in-depth features, interviews and information, subscribe to Arthritis Digest magazine, a popular title that’s published six times a year. Click here for the digital version or tel 0845 643 8470 to order your had copy. You’ll know what your doctor is talking about, what new drugs are in the pipeline and be up to date on helpful products.