Mandi Mader, LCSW-C, our sleep expert, went to The University of Pennsylvania last month and took a 3 day training in advanced techniques in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). It was hosted by the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at UPenn Hospital.
She presented one of her cases, with the client’s permission, and received feedback which included the latest research findings.
Here are a few things she learned:
- CBT-I is most effective in 6 to 8 individual (tele-health or face to face) sessions.
- Online CBT-I programs don’t screen for other conditions a person may have, don’t provide individualized support, and have high drop-out rates. It’s ideal to meet in person.
- CBT-I is at least as, if not more, effective as medications – and of course has no side effects or morning “hangovers!” If someone is already on sleep meds, Mandi works with the prescribing physician(s) to taper their meds, if the client wishes to discontinue them.
- A sleep study is not needed to diagnose or treat insomnia. If other sleep disorders are suspected or if CBT-I is not helpful, then a sleep study may be recommended.
- CBT-I is used to help cancer patients cope with sleep disruption from painful or uncomfortable symptoms.
- Insomnia treatment is reimbursable from almost all insurance companies.
If you are tired of being tired, and think you may have insomnia, give yourself a gift of sleep this spring and call Mandi Mader at 301-960-1198, ext. 704, for a free 15 minute consultation to see if CBT-I might be right for you.