NEED AN INSOMNIA CURE THAT WORKS?
You are not alone. One in four people experience occasional insomnia and one in ten have chronic insomnia that may last months or years.
Most people with insomnia have been on a long journey to get better sleep. They try a variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications, supplements and alternative treatments; countless gadgets, apps and tools. Each remedy promises better sleep but fails to deliver. It can be an excruciating journey full of fatigue, anxiety and frustration.
WHAT IS CBT-I?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is overwhelmingly recommended as the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia by the National Institutes of Health, American College of Physicians and multiple other medical groups. They are busy getting the word out to doctors and patients. Try CBT-I first, not sleeping pills. Why?
Research outcomes show the effects of CBT-I are clear:
- Improved sleep (70-80%)
- Reduced or eliminated sleep medications
- Decreased sleep-related anxiety and panic
- Continued sleep quality improvement for 1-2 years
- Improvements can last 10 or more years
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
The process begins with a comprehensive assessment and identification of the variables that play a role in your unique insomnia story. Your provider will create a personalized treatment plan that addresses the variables that keep your insomnia alive. CBT-I usually lasts 6 to 10 sessions over 2-4 months. During treatment, you can expect to complete weekly sleep diaries.
You will learn the skills to disrupt the cycle that keeps insomnia going and decrease the likelihood that future bouts of acute insomnia will become chronic.
Sessions are delivered by live two-way video. The service is the same service delivered in person. You will need a decent internet connection and a computer or tablet. You also need basic internet skills. Read this to find out if telehealth is a good fit for you.
WILL I NEED AN OVERNIGHT SLEEP STUDY?
Probably not. Sleep studies, or polysomnograms, are not necessary to diagnose and treat insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders or sleep-related anxiety. If another sleep disorder is suspected, a referral is made. If you have had sleep studies or you use CPAP, the therapist may ask to review the reports and logs.
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