Can’t sleep? You are not alone. The CDC estimates that one third of Americans have sleep problems. Chronic sleep deprivation can be incredibly frustrating, causing irritability, changes in mood and reduced productivity. As someone who has both experienced insomnia and treated clients with it, I know how painful and lonely it can be at 3 am.
The good news is there is hope and effective treatment for sleep problems. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia or CBT-I is a behavioral treatment for insomnia. That is a long name for a relatively straightforward approach. Simply put, CBT-I aims to identify and change unhelpful thoughts about sleep and alter behavior patterns to promote sleep. The treatment is brief (4-7 sessions) and does not require medication. Unlike sleep medications, CBT-I addresses the underlying causes of insomnia such as behavioral and lifestyle factors that perpetuate sleeplessness (think phones, binge watching, video games, our 24/7 culture).
Treatment Helps Clients:
- Change sleep and wake behaviors to promote optimal sleep.
- Restore the body’s sleep drive.
- Identify and reframe unhelpful thoughts about sleep (“If I didn’t sleep well last night, I am more likely to sleep well tonight”).
- Learn relaxation strategies to promote sleep and allow the brain to shut down.
Want to learn more about CBT-I and if this treatment is right for you? Set up a free 15-minute consultation with me and I would love to tell you more about it!