How can I learn CBT for insomnia?

Q:  “I have had insomnia on and off for many years.  I think it is mostly psychologically induced.  I have just heard about using CBT for insomnia, and it looks like a promising solution for me.  I am wondering is CBT something I can learn on my own, or do I need to work with a healthcare professional to get it?”

Great question, and especially since CBT has helped so many people overcome insomnia.

If you are experiencing sleep problems, our first suggestion is get a check up, if you haven’t done so recently, to rule out any underlying medical basis for your insomnia.  These underlying causes could range anywhere from allergies to apnea, and if present, must be addressed with a healthcare professional.

That said, the vast majority of insomnia is primary, meaning there is no identifiable medical basis causing the sleep problems.  A very common form is known as psychophysiological insomnia, characterized by excessive worry about the idea of sleep.  Literally millions of people suffer from this.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) specifically designed for insomnia (sometimes called CBT-I) is the gold standard for treating primary insomnia.  CBT is actually a comprehensive collection of potent and common sense methods that get to the true roots of the problem.   It is a completely drug free, natural, and permanent solution.  CBT has been clinically proven, and repeatedly, to help most everyone who tries it.  Many become normal sleepers again.

You can learn CBT for sleep from a number of sources. Counselors, doctors specializing in sleep, mental health therapists, social workers, and many other healthcare professionals often employ CBT.

If you are the self-help type, there are many free and low cost resources available, and much info is readily available on line.

Using CBT, we suggest it’s best to take a comprehensive approach, rather than trying to pick and choose just one or two CBT methods.  Each method is intended to complement and reinforce the others.  Overall, the methods combine synergistically and powerfully to help overcome insomnia and improve sleep.

We suggest a CBT-based sleep training program that is both comprehensive and provides you with a methodical step-by-step approach, so you can address all the nonmedical root causes at one time.  We have found this approach to be the most effective and fastest way to better sleeping.

For more information on using CBT for insomnia, or to ask a sleep-related question, please feel free to contact us.

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3 Comments on “How can I learn CBT for insomnia?”

  1. […] CBT for sleep is a group of common sense methods to help you address the nonmedical roots causes for insomnia.  The methods enable you to sleep better naturally, without needing drugs or supplements or pills of any kind.  And it works.  Most people who try it are helped, and many become normal sleepers again. […]

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