The effect of acceptance and commitment therapy on insomnia and sleep quality: A systematic review

Nader Salari, habibolah Khazaei, Amin Hosseinian Far, Behnam Khaledi-Paveh, Hooman Ghasemi, Masoud Mohammadi, Shamarina Shohaimi

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BackgroundAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as a type of behavioral therapy, attempts to respond to changes in people’s performance and their relationship to events. ACT can affect sleep quality by providing techniques to enhance the flexibility of patients’ thoughts, yet maintaining mindfullness. Therefore, for the first time, a systematic review on the effects of ACT on sleep quality has been conducted.MethodsThis systematic review was performed to determine the effect of ACT on insomnia and sleep quality. To collect articles, the PubMed, Web of Science (WOS), Cochrane library, Embase, Scopus, Science Direct, ProQuest, Mag Iran, Irandoc, and Google Scholar databases were searched, without a lower time-limit, and until April 2020.ResultsRelated articles were derived from 9 research repositories, with no lower time-limit and until April 2020. After assessing 1409 collected studies, 278 repetitive studies were excluded. Moreover, following the primary and secondary evaluations of the remaining articles, 1112 other studies were removed, and finally a total of 19 intervention studies were included in the systematic review process. Within the remaining articles, a sample of 1577 people had been assessed for insomnia and sleep quality.ConclusionThe results of this study indicate that ACT has a significant effect on primary and comorbid insomnia and sleep quality, and therefore, it can be used as an appropriate treatment method to control and improve insomnia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalBMC Neurology
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2020


  • ACT
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep quality
  • Neurocritical care
  • Research Article


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