- What is insomnia?
People who struggle with insomnia have consistent difficulties falling asleep and/or staying asleep. They also have problems in the daytime that are associated with the sleep problem – feeling more irritable, having trouble concentrating, feeling sleepy during the day, and worrying about their sleep. Insomnia is a very common problem, with recent studies indicating it is the most common sleep disorder and one of the most common problems for which people see their primary care physician.
- Has cognitive behavior therapy been shown to be effective for treating insomnia?
CBT has been shown to provide effective treatment for insomnia in many randomized controlled trials, and in fact has been shown to be as effective as sleeping medications in the short term and more effective than sleeping medications in the long term. CBT has been recommended as a first-line treatment for insomnia by the National Institute of Health.
- What is involved in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for insomnia?
CBT for insomnia typically involves a number of different components, including:
– decreasing the amount of awake time you spend in bed
– learning skills to wind down before bedtime and to help you get back to sleep when you awake in the middle of the night or the early morning
– managing your worries and thoughts at night when you wake, and during the day when you worry about how insomnia is affecting your life
– changing your beliefs about sleep and insomnia
– helping you cope with nights of poor sleep
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