Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
Insomnia is believed to affect approximately one in three adults!
CBT-I is a very effective treatment that focuses on exploring the connection between the way we think, the things we do, and how we sleep.
Treatment often takes from 6-12 sessions, although the length may differ depending on a person’s needs.
CBT-I is often called a multicomponent treatment because it combines several different approaches:
Changing thinking patterns: Cognitive restructuring attempts to change inaccurate or unhelpful thoughts about sleep.
Behavioral change: Relaxation training, stimulus control, and sleep restriction promote relaxation and help to establish healthy sleep habits.
Psychoeducational interventions: Providing information about the connection between thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and sleep is central to CBT-I.
When these techniques are used together, as many as 70% - 80% of patients with primary insomnia experience improvements. Benefits include less time to fall asleep, more time spent asleep, and waking up less during sleep. Results are often maintained over years!