While extensive research has shown that CBTi is an effective treatment for sleep disorders, and current medical guidelines recommend CBTi as a first-line treatment, access to a small number of specially trained clinicians remains limited. They wanted to know whether telemedicine CBTi performed similarly (i.e. no worse than) on-site CBTi in reducing the severity of sleep disorders. CBT-I can help people with primary insomnia as well as people with physical problems such as chronic pain or mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. 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.
Can cognitive therapy help with sleep disorders?
Cognitive therapy teaches you to identify and change negative beliefs and thoughts (cognitions) that contribute to your sleep problems. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can improve your sleep by changing your behavior before bed as well as the ways of thinking that keep you from falling asleep. CBTi, often falsely portrayed as talk therapy or sleep hygiene, includes both behavioral and cognitive therapy to treat sleep disorders. Your therapist can also help you make realistic, comforting statements that you can say to yourself as you get ready for sleep.
Working with a therapist online can help you avoid the cost and inconvenience of meeting in person, and for many people with sleep issues, it can be as effective as in-person therapy.