A Study Assessing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acupuncture to Relieve Insomnia and Related Distress Among Caregivers of People with Cancer

Full Title

Pilot Study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and Acupuncture for Insomnia and Related Distress among Cancer Caregivers


Up to half of people being treated for cancer and their caregivers experience insomnia. Those with insomnia often also report experiencing pain, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. In this study, researchers are comparing the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy and acupuncture in caregivers of people with cancer.

Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group will receive acupuncture. The other group will receive cognitive behavioral therapy focused on changing sleep habits and how to plan for sleep. Researchers will compare the two groups.


To be eligible for this study, patients must meet several criteria, including but not limited to the following:

  • Participants must be caregivers of people with cancer.
  • Participants must report insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep) more than three times a week that cannot be attributed to sleep apnea or shift work.
  • Participants may not have a major depressive disorder or be heavy drinkers.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Allison Applebaum at 646-888-0034.





Disease Status

Newly Diagnosed & Relapsed/Refractory