Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

Quick Facts About Insomnia:

  • Insomnia, when chronic (present for more than one month), is likely to “go away.” In fact, many people with chronic sleep disorders describe their insomnia as taking on a “life of its own.”
  • Most self-management strategies are not effective (i.e., “will power”, “self-control”, naturopathic supplements, warm milk, tea, “night caps” with alcohol, etc.)
  • Allowing insomnia to go untreated may negatively impact your quality of life, work performance, and increase your risk for:
    • Accidents and injuries
    • Medical illness (i.e., hypertension)
    • Psychiatric illness (i.e., depression)

What is CBT-I?

CBT-I is a comprehensive behavioral therapy for treating insomnia, developed from research out of the University of Pennsylvania. It is considered a first line treatment for insomnia.  Research shows that CBT-I is as effective as sleep medication, and unlike medication, produces durable results that last after treatment is discontinued.

How long does treatment take?

Treatment typically lasts 8 sessions.  Ideally, these sessions occur on a weekly basis.

Will CBT-I work if I have another medical condition along with my insomnia?

Yes.  CBT-I has shown to be effective for individuals suffering from insomnia and numerous medical/psychiatric conditions.  These include, but are not limited to, chronic pain, COPD, cancer, perimenopause symptoms, depression, and anxiety.

Will I be able to discontinue using sleeping pills?

More than likely, yes.  Your CBT-I therapist will collaborate closely with your psychiatrist or doctor to discuss a schedule for tapering off your sleep medication.  This is an effective strategy, and if the sleep medication was working, you would not be seeking additional help!

What can I expect in the treatment program?

  • Treatment begins with an extensive evaluation, including review of medical and mental health history and an assessment of factors that may be related to your insomnia (sleep schedule, sleep duration, what you do/don’t do when awake at night).
  • Treatment will require you complete a series of questionnaires during your first visit, along with daily sleep diaries before and during treatment.
  • Each session, you will review your sleep diary with your therapist, and you will learn how to implement different behavioral strategies every session for improving your sleep.

If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early, please call Dr. Joseph Brand at 561-496-1094, or email at dr.brand@centerforanxietydisorders.com to set up your evaluation today.

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