Insomnia & Sleep Difficulties

To treat insomnia and sleep difficulties, our therapists are trained in CBT-I, which stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia.

CBT-I is effective for primary and secondary/comorbid insomnia and milder forms of chronic sleep difficulties. It is a short-term treatment with long-term results and focuses on what clients can do in the “now” to alleviate their sleep difficulties.

Instead of sleeping medication, CBT-I helps clients overcome insomnia with safe, effective treatment.

The underlying causes of insomnia – thoughts, and behaviors – are learned and can be unlearned.

Our sleep therapists assess each client’s sleep problems and design appropriate treatments that focus on changing negative sleep thoughts and behaviours.

CBT-I TEACHES CLIENTS TO:

  • Overcome underlying causes of sleep problems,
  • Master thoughts and behaviours that generate sleep problems.
  • Develop habits that promote sound sleep.

CBT-I Treatment Process / Service:

  • An initial individual assessment
  • 5 individual 50-minute sessions (more 1-1 interaction/feedback, flexibility in scheduling sessions) or
  • 5 group-based 2-hour classes over six weeks (more cost-effective, offers social support, reinforcement and modeling)

Treatment Includes:

  • Sleep physiology education
  • Stimulus control
  • Sleep deprivation (strategies to rebalance the sleep-wake cycle)
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Biofeedback
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Sleep habit modification

What the Research Says:

Over 25 years of research at Harvard Medical School, University of Massachusetts, the Mayo Clinic, and more indicates that CBT-I leads to sustained improvements in primary or secondary/ comorbid insomnia.

CBT-I is physiologically, behaviourally, and quantitatively based. It has no known negative side effects.

Who Will benefit from CBT-I?

  • People with long-term problems getting to sleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early and unable to fall asleep again.
  • People experiencing a negative impact from insomnia on daytime functioning, physical and mental health.

Why is CBT-I Beneficial:

  • Addresses underlying causes of insomnia.
  • Eliminates the need for medications that cause serious side-effects, provide limited short-term effectiveness, and the return of symptoms when discontinued.
  • Fosters long-term behavioural change.
  • Can serve as a segue to CBT treatments for other needs.
  • Is covered by most health insurance plans.

What Does CBT-I Not Address?

CBT-I does not directly address but can help alleviate, comorbid conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and chronic pain.

If after treating your insomnia or sleep difficulties, other life concerns become a priority to focus on, this can be discussed with your CBT-I therapist and an internal referral process can occur so you can be connected with another PsychSolutions therapist who specializes in the areas of concerns you have.

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If you have any further questions or would like to know more about how we can help you feel better, then please call 780-710-9567, fax 780-425-7894, or email [email protected]