Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is a short-term, evidence-based psychotherapy designed to treat insomnia. The cognitive component of your treatment addresses thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about sleep that may negatively impact your ability to fall and stay asleep. The behavioral component addresses dysfunctional sleep patterns and helps retrain your mind and body to be able to sleep when and where you want.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that occurs when you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. People with insomnia may experience effects of poor sleep during the day, such as:
CBT-I may be a good fit for you if:
CBT-I has proven to be as or more effective in treating insomnia when compared to medication. You don't need to stop taking sleep medication to participate in CBT-I, although many patients choose to significantly reduce or discontinue their medications during or after treatment, with guidance from their prescribing provider.
CBT-I can be an effective treatment for insomnia.