Are you having difficulty sleeping? Do you dread night time because you just know it’s going to be another restless night? A good night’s sleep is more than just a dream! Let’s discuss one of the leading approaches to treating Insomnia – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia or CBT-I for short.
Why Try CBT-I?
- A ton of research has shown CBT-I to be effective.
- It’s more effective than medication in the long run (Yep! Research confirms this as well!).
- You don’t have to pop a pill every night (btw pills often become ineffective over time anyway).
- CBT-I puts YOU in the driver’s seat when it comes to your sleep.
How CBT-I Works
CBT-I works by targeting both cognitions and behaviors that are contributing to your sleep problems. Many people who have difficulty sleeping develop problematic thinking that gets in the way of catching some good Zzzz’s. Thoughts such as “I got a poor night’s sleep, so I won’t be able to function at work tomorrow” or “I need to spend more time in bed in order to get enough sleep.” Additionally, many folks find it difficult to turn off their mind when trying to fall asleep. CBT-I includes teaching ways to clear your mind and relax your body.
From a behavioral standpoint, I’ll have you monitor your sleep in order to identify your sleep patterns. Using this data, I help you systematically change your sleep schedule in order to optimize your chances of getting better sleep. I use the data you record in addition to what we know about the science of sleep.
If you’re interested in learning more, call or text me at 419-386-4536.