Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the highest ranked recommended treatments for Insomnia.
Insomnia can leave you feeling exhausted, irritable, and unable to function.
CBT-i is an evidence-based therapy proven effective in treating insomnia without medication.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Insomnia & Why Does It Work?
CBT-i is a cognitive behavioral therapy that aims to help correct misconceptions you may have about sleep and identify sleep habits you may have that are contributing to your sleeping problems. For instance, many individuals struggling with insomnia often take short naps during the day since they are desperate to get what little sleep they can, whenever possible. Studies have shown, however, that for most of us, napping actually contributes to lower quality sleep at night and can lead to spontaneously waking up after only a short time. This is just one example, but you get the idea.
CBT-i insomnia treatment typically consists of weekly sessions in which we will complete sleep assessments, review a daily log of your sleep patterns over the previous week, and work with you in session to pinpoint changes you can make to improve your sleep. While CBT-i is not “fast and easy” like popping a pill may be, it gives you the ability to resolve the problem, instead of just treating the symptom and frees you from becoming dependent on sleeping pills to make it through the night.
This therapy can be incredibly powerful as a means of helping you to take back control over your sleep and start getting the rest you need so you can get back into your life. While this therapy is not for everyone, if you are experiencing symptoms of Insomnia, consider taking the free Insomnia Screening online and/or speaking with a mental health professional.
Insomnia Isn’t Just Sleeplessness: The Negative Impact of Sleep Disorders
- Substance Abuse
- Irritability and conflict in relationships
- Poor work or school performance
- Over-eating and weight gain
It’s important to note that many of these problems can arise when sleep problems go left untreated. Whether you’re having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, CBT-i can help. It’s normal to have a bit of difficulty sleeping here and there, but insomnia develops when your sleeplessness begins to affect other areas of your life and persists over time. Insomnia can often result initially from other sources of stress such as pregnancy, physical injury, change in work schedule, seasonal changes, and many other issues, but can become a problem all it’s own even after the original stress has been resolved.
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Reach Out: Get Support, Educate Yourself, Explore Treatment Options
If speaking in groups is not your thing, you may want to consider some of the online support forums available for Insomnia. These forums can offer a way to share and connect with other individuals all over the world at any time, day or night. Here is one example of some of the online forums available for Insomnia.
If you’d like to learn more about insomnia, The American Sleep Association is a great resource. Here you can learn about the various types of insomnia, common symptoms, causes, and treatments available.
The National Sleep Foundation is also a great resource to educate yourself. Here you can listen to an interview with an expert in the field of sleep study as he discusses various treatment options including CBT for Insomnia.