Advancing cognitive behaviour therapy for older adults with comorbid insomnia and depression

Paul Sadler, Suzanne McLaren, Britt Klein, Megan Jenkins

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Insomnia and depression are two of the most common mental health problems that negatively impact older adults. The burden associated with these highly comorbid conditions requires an innovative approach to treatment. There have been significant advancements in the field of cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) over recent years. CBT-I has evolved from targeting homogenous insomnia samples to now showing promising results for comorbid insomnia. CBT-I is not only effective at treating comorbid insomnia, but can also have a positive impact on depression severity. Despite these important clinical developments, limited research has explored whether modifying CBT-I programmes to specifically target comorbid depression could improve outcomes for older populations. This paper reviews recent literature and provides therapeutic recommendations to advance CBT-I for older adults with comorbid insomnia and depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-154
Number of pages16
JournalCognitive Behaviour Therapy
Issue number2
Early online date08 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 04 Mar 2018


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