This part of CBT-i helps you gradually reduce and stop the signals that triggered the conditioned wake response and actively interrupt this association. Through CBT-i sessions, you’ll learn to replace these negative patterns with positive thoughts and behaviors to overcome your insomnia and get the restful sleep you need. Since this connection has been learned, another link can be learned instead, and that is exactly what stimulus control has to do. A stimulus is anything, either internal or in your external environment, that elicits a response in you.
What is stimulus control in CBT?
During stimulus control therapy, a few steps are used to establish and strengthen this important connection between bedroom and sleep. Psychoactive cannabinoids from the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids), from the body (endocannabinoids) and from the research laboratory (synthetic cannabinoids) produce their discriminatory stimulus effect by stimulating CB1 receptors in the brain. They are also guided to replace these behaviors with new clues that make the bedroom and being in bed a trigger for sleep. The good news is that just as your mind can be conditioned to connect the bedroom to being awake, you can also retrain it to connect the bedroom to sleep.