Use positive emotions to supercharge cognitive restructuring

Those practicing cognitive restructuring to improve sleep know how effectively it can counter and control negative sleep thoughts.  These persistent negative thoughts are often the raw fuel that prolongs and perpetuates insomnia.  But did you know you can in effect supercharge cognitive restructuring by adding a positive emotional trigger?

Cognitive restructuring — one of the core components of CBT sleep training — uses reason, rationality, and understanding to correct inaccurate and distorted thoughts about insomnia to something better, more realistic, and more supportive of better sleep.

But reason and rationality by themselves — while essential and important — don’t necessarily counteract the underlying feeling or emotion behind those inaccurate thoughts.

By intentionally adding a positive emotional component to the practice of cognitive restructuring, you may find your old negative and entrenched attitudes and beliefs about sleep begin lose their grip more quickly — to be replaced by positive and supportive beliefs that you create and control.   In the practice of CBT sleep training, this is one of many ways to take better control over your sleep performance.

The method we suggest in the Sleep Training System takes the normal CBT route of restructuring distorted sleep thoughts into better, more rational thoughts, but importantly adds a meaningful emotional trigger to that thought — specifically a feeling, but not just any feeling.

By associating a concept that triggers for you a good and positive emotion along with the restructured positive sleep thought, the benefit is enlarged and magnified.  The new and more complete positive thought can now more effectively counteract all the incessant negativity and stress insomniacs tend to associate with the idea of sleep.

As part of a comprehensive sleep improvement program, thinking your way to better sleep works naturally — and without drugs or side effects.  This process enables you to constructively address the true underlying root issue of insomnia that afflicts so many people — that seemingly nonstop barrage of worry and persistently negative thoughts about sleep.

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  1. […] is to lie in bed awhile and frame your day, that can be constructive.  Doing so enables you to visualize your goals for the day, prepare mentally for your challenges, and generally feel more ready with a positive […]


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