Over 50% of adults now complain of difficulty sleeping, half of these chronically. We now know that sleeping pills are not the 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 and preferred 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 is more effective than sleeping pills
CBT achieves these results because it is based on the idea that insomnia can only be 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
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 sessions over a six week period
INSURANCE COVERAGE CBT is covered by most insurance companies.
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