What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
If you are like many people reading this, you see "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia" and think, what is that? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, often called CBT-I, is an approved method for treating insomnia without the use of sleeping pills. Sound impossible? It isn't. Sounds like hard work? It can be. CBT is aimed at changing sleep habits and scheduling factors, as well as misconceptions about sleep and insomnia, that perpetuate sleep difficulties.
If you have sleep problems, there is a good chance that you have tried medications to help you sleep better. While medications can be helpful for short-term insomnia, research has shown that Cognitive-Behavioral therapy is an excellent option for chronic insomnia. Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on identifying and changing behaviors and patterns of thinking that interfere with good sleep.
In June 2005, the National Institutes of Health held a State-of-the-Science Conference on chronic insomnia in adults, brought together sleep experts and scientists from around the world. The consensus from this meeting was that there is strong evidence that Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice for insomnia, and that its use should be more widespread. This is the major goal of SHUT-i.