You can download or print HelpGuide’s Sleep Journal (PDF) and bring it to your therapist to pinpoint your specific issues. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for sleep disorders (CBT-I), for example, is a specific form of therapy developed for people who are unable to get the amount of sleep they need to wake up rested and refreshed. Once your evaluation is complete and plans are in place for non-drug therapies, your doctor will address your sleep problem by trying to eliminate other risk factors using medical approaches. Before you begin therapy or during your first visit, you can expect to fill out several forms and questionnaires, as sleep therapists typically use a robust assessment process to identify the causes of your insomnia.
Which therapy is best for sleep?
You can search for one near you or look for therapists who practice online as sleep therapists may be limited in availability. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for sleep disorders, sometimes referred to as CBT-I, is an effective treatment for chronic sleep disorders and is usually recommended as a first line of treatment. Check whether this type of therapy is covered by your insurance and whether the therapist you have identified is taking out your insurance. Many doctors will refer you to cognitive behavioral therapy for sleep disorders (CBT-I) before prescribing sleeping pills.
Your therapist may recommend that you modify aspects of your sleeping environment so that it is comfortable and conducive to uninterrupted sleep.