CBT-I (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia)
Over 50% of adults report difficulty sleeping, half of which suffer with chronic sleep difficulty. We now know that medications are not the only solution to insomnia and that 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 method for treating insomnia. Research on CBT shows the following:
* 75% of insomnia patients experience significantly improved sleep
* The majority become normal sleepers
* 85- 90% reduce or eliminate sleeping pills
CBT achieves these results because it is based on the idea that insomnia is treated effectively by addressing the underlying causes of insomnia- thoughts and behaviors- which are learned and can be unlearned.
Techniques taught in CBT include:
* changing sleep thoughts and behaviors
* lifestyle habits that 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
CBT for insomnia includes:
* an initial individual assessment
* five individual treatment sessions over a six week period
CBT is covered by most insurance companies but coverage cannot be guaranteed.
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Emma Buzzard, MA, LPC