Your doctor may also recommend medication or treatment, including behavior modification. Sleep aids are available over the counter or by prescription. Some just help you fall asleep, others help you maintain sleep during the night. Be aware, however, that these medications are not a cure. Some sleep aids are addictive, or have side effects such as sleep walking or even sleep eating. Sleeping pills generally become less effective over time, and can in some cases contribute to your insomnia.
Behavioral therapies include trying relaxation techniques, as well as complementary and alternative therapies such as guided imagery and biofeedback.