The Journal of the American Medical Association issued a report that Cognitive Behavior Therapy is as effective or more effective for treatment of insomnia than prescription sleep medications.  ICCBT uses an integrative functional approach to insomnia that combines cognitive therapy (CBT-I) with nutritional and/or environmental factors along with sleep training and mind-body treatments. CBT-I is a structured program that helps you identify and replace thoughts and behaviors that cause or worsen sleep problems with habits that promote sound sleep. Unlike sleeping pills, CBT-I helps you overcome the underlying causes of your sleep problems.

Components of CBT-I: 
Stimulus Control Instructions. Stimulus Control Instructions are created by looking at the patient’s sleep habits and pinpointing different actions that may be prohibiting sleep. 
 Sleep Hygeine Education, a customized list of things you should and should not do, in order to sleep. It often includes sleeping in a cool, dark room and avoiding caffeine, alcohol and tobacco before bedtime. 
Assessments and diaries to find the elements of your lifestyle that may prohibit you from falling or staying asleep. 
CBT-I smartphone apps may be suggested to help you log your progress.
Relapse Prevention to keep your new sleep patterns!

Talk to our office about scheduling an appointment with a sleep therapist to start your own journey with CBT-I!