Insomnia is the most common form of sleep disorder. It can be treated successfully with Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). Therapy is performed by a registered health professional who specializes in sleep psychology. Therefore, therapy sessions may be authorized by your medical aid.
CBT-I focuses on addressing three factors that contribute to persistent insomnia. These factors are:
It is important to understand that CBT-I is not a quick fix. In fact, you can expect to be even more tired in the initial weeks after starting therapy.
A typical treatment plan is usually divided into 6 therapeutic sessions. During these sessions the following will be scheduled.
The importance of sleep will be discussed, including how sleep works, the structure of sleep, and basic sleep Hygiene
This involves training your brain and body to expect to sleep at a certain time.
The aim of sleep restriction is to help you to improve how efficiently you use your time in bed. It will help you to be ready to go to sleep when you go to bed.
During this session the faulty beliefs that you may have about sleep will be addressed.
Sleep hygiene is very a important part on your road to better and healthier sleep. By practicing good sleep habits is something you (and your family) can greatly benefit from. Good sleep hygiene puts one in a position to live a happier, healthier life.
The majority of people respond fairly quickly to CBT-I. Some show significant improvement after only 2 -3 sessions, but some people may need more sessions to successful.
In most cases it may be necessary to sleep with a sleep screening device to record your sleep behaviour patterns over a week. This will give great insight into important aspects regarding your sleep behaviour. It will also highlight danger areas that will serve as areas of improvement. In addition to sleep screening devices, it may also be necessary to complete a sleep diary very night for about two weeks. This will also give insight into how medication, diet, and your general behaviour influence your sleep health.
If you need any additional advice or answers, please contact us. You may also ask your doctor to refer you to us.