COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY FOR INSOMNIA

Over 50% of adults now complain of difficulty sleeping, half of these chronically. Sleeping pills are not the solution to insomnia and it is possible to successfully treat insomnia using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT has been endorsed by the National Institutes of Health as an effective and preferred method for treating insomnia.

Research studies on CBT show the following:

  • 75% of insomnia patients experience significantly improved sleep
  • The majority become normal sleepers
  • 85- 90% of patients┬áreduce or eliminate sleeping pills
  • CBT is more effective than sleeping pills

Insomnia can only be treated effectively by addressing the underlying causes of insomnia, which are your thoughts and behaviors. Your negative thoughts and behaviors that are associated with poor sleep are learned and can be unlearned through CBT.

CBT COMPONENTS

Techniques taught in CBT include:

  • changing sleep thoughts and behaviors
  • lifestyle habits that will improve sleep
  • relaxation techniques

WHO WOULD BENEFIT:

  • individuals with problems falling asleep or waking during the night
  • individuals who wish to reduce or eliminate sleep medications

VISITS

CBT for insomnia includes:

  • an initial individual assessment
  • five individual treatment sessions over a six week period