Insomnia is a common disorder that affects as many as ⅓ of Americans on a short term basis. Insomnia is characterized by having trouble falling or staying asleep or waking up too early and not being able to fall back asleep. It can cause extreme daytime fatigue, a difficulty with focus, poor memory, mood changes, low motivation and even an increase in mistakes and accidents. Many individuals who struggle with insomnia try to treat it with sleep medications, which can be helpful for short term use, but can have side effects and may be habit forming. Cognitive behavioral therapy may be an ideal treatment option if you have struggled with insomnia or difficulty sleeping for an extended period of time.
How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Work?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on helping you change your thinking about your sleep while you develop tools for improving your overall sleep habits. The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of Western North Carolina, PA, specializes in helping clients who battle insomnia. We can help you develop tools to sleep well without taking medication by improving your sleep environment, addressing your anxiety about sleep and developing a sleep schedule that works for your body. Your treatment plan will be specifically designed for your unique needs. After we complete a 90 minute individual sleep assessment, we offer a two part program that includes eight weeks of weekly individual sessions to develop a sleep plan that is tailored to each participant’s specific needs.
What are the Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia?
Treating your insomnia will leave you feeling better and more rested and ready to tackle your day. Some specific benefits of using cognitive behavioral therapy to address your insomnia include:
- Addresses the underlying causes of insomnia, rather than treating just the symptoms
- Allows you to optimize your sleep habits for longer, deeper, better sleep
- Medication-free approach
- No side effects or concerns about becoming dependent on sleep medications
- Develop relaxation techniques that can be used in other aspects of your life
- Can help anyone with a sleep problem without concern about interactions with current medications for other health conditions
If you are looking for a solution for your insomnia, contact the team at the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of Western North Carolina for more information about using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a treatment option for insomnia. You can reach us by calling our program director, Erin Shadle, LCSW at (828) 350-1177 for more information.