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2019 Pilot Awards for Global Brain Health Leaders (GBHI)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Dyad Treatment in MCI

Konstantina Sykara, MA
Global Brain Health Institute and Neurological Institute of Athens
Athens, Greece

More than 50% of individuals with dementia are thought to experience sleep problems that precede cognitive impairment by several years. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi) is known to be the most effective long-term intervention for insomnia in cognitively unimpaired older adults, but its efficacy in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is as yet unclear. Dr. Sykara plans to provide CBTi to people with MCI and their caregivers and evaluate if it is effective at improving sleep quality. Dr. Sykara will assess sleep quality, mood, and other neuropsychological tests for the participants with MCI at 3 months and 1 year after treatment. Dr. Sykara plans to implement this study in Greece. If successful, the study results could help shape policy around sleep disorders and neurodegenerative diseases worldwide.

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