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Applying the quarter-hour rule: Can people with insomnia accurately estimate 15-min periods during the sleep-onset phase?

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Summary The 'quarter-hour rule' (QHR) instructs the person with insomnia to get out of bed after 15 min of wakefulness and return to bed only when sleep feels imminent. Recent research has identified that sleep can be significantly improved using this simple intervention (Malaffo and Espie, Sleep, 27(s), 2004, 280; Sleep, 29 (s), 2006, 257), but successful implementation depends on estimating time without clock monitoring, and the insomnia literature indicates poor time perception is a mainta...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Clinical Medicine
Journal:
Journal of Sleep Research
Volume:
19
Issue:
1 PART. 1
Pages:
19-26
Publication date:
2010-03-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1365-2869
ISSN:
0962-1105
URN:
uuid:66ec445b-6632-4486-84c7-e2639e7732d6
Source identifiers:
388837
Local pid:
pubs:388837

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