The cognitive part of CBT-I teaches you to identify and change beliefs that affect your ability to sleep. If you’re interested in finding a CBTI specialist near you, check out the American Board of Sleep Medicine’s list. Practitioners with CBT-I experience can be found in professional organizations such as the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for sleep disorders is a structured program that helps you identify and replace thoughts and behaviors that cause or worsen sleep disorders.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy for sleep disorders is a structured program that helps you identify and replace thoughts and behaviors that cause or worsen sleep disorders. One of the most important cornerstones of CBTI is education about normal sleep and the factors that influence both sleep quality and quantity.
Can CBT improve sleep?
Many doctors will refer you to cognitive behavioral therapy for sleep disorders (CBT-I) before prescribing sleeping pills. It is not recommended for people with certain medical conditions that may be made worse by sleep loss, such as bipolar disorder and seizures. A recent study at Harvard Medical School found that CBT is more effective than prescription sleep aids in treating chronic insomnia. Tasks between sessions may include keeping a sleep diary, practicing, questioning automatic thoughts or beliefs when they arise, and improving sleep hygiene practices.
This technique is intended to increase the urge to sleep and may temporarily increase daytime sleepiness.