Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help With Insomnia?

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Insomnia is a chronic and habitual inability to sleep. Tossing and turning, turning and tossing, having endless and looping, random thoughts is insomnia. People experience insomnia due to anxiety, stress, weight, depression, or being in withdrawal from drugs and alcohol. A lack of sleep is not good for the body or the brain, simply put. Sleep is a precious time for the body to heal, the brain to process, and for deep rest to rejuvenate the whole self. When the brain doesn’t properly shut down, it stays awake. Insomnia results, keeping someone awake despite their increasing exhaustion.


Numerous therapies, medications, and relaxation approaches exist for insomnia. Sleep medications can be dangerous. Putting someone into a lucid state of sleepiness, they are neither entirely asleep or awake. Getting into accidents and causing injury to the self or others is common. Sleep medications are also addictive. A new therapy type has been suggested which has already found great success in treating insomnia.


Cognitive behavioral therapy is called an “evidence-based” treatment method. Through numerous studies and experiments, across many different disciplines and needs, cognitive behavioral therapy has been consistently proven to be effective. A wide range of health areas have found dramatic improvement with cognitive behavioral therapy. Medical, physical, and mental health issues have been greatly supported with cognitive behavioral therapy. Insomnia is the latest in a flurry of studies to show that cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective form of treatment.


CBTI is the specific discipline of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. In a turn of methodology, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine urged doctors to avoid medical treatment. Instead, the academy is suggesting CBTI as a standard for long term treatment, according to Huffington Post. The opioid epidemic has made the entire medical industry wary when it comes to the use of addictive and adverse medications as a primary and initial treatment. Before prescribing medications, the American College of Physicians suggests prescribing CBTI first.