DO YOU HAVE INSOMNIA?
• Do you often take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep?
• Do you often have difficulty staying asleep?
• Do you often have poor quality sleep?
(Often =’s 3 or more nights a week)
If you answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions, then you probably have insomnia.
• Over 50% of adults now complain of difficulty sleeping, half of these chronically.
• Insomnia is one of the most common reasons people see their primary care physicians.
• Untreated insomnia is linked to an increased risk of major depression, anxiety, heart attacks, hypertension, lost productivity, and a lower quality of life.
CBT-I (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia)
RESEARCH ON CBT-I SHOWS:
• 75% of insomnia patients experience significantly improved sleep in just five sessions, and the majority become normal sleepers.
• 85-90% reduce or eliminate sleeping pills, and the need for daytime stimulants.
• CBT-I is safer and more effective than sleeping pills.
• Treating insomnia can greatly improve the treatment of, and prevent the relapse of, depression and anxiety.
• Insomnia and mental health disorders are bidirectional– one can cause the other. Best practices now include treating the insomnia and any mental health conditions simultaneously.
• Changing sleep thoughts and behaviors,
• Lifestyle habits that improve sleep and,
• Relaxation techniques
CBT-I is indicated for children, teens and adults.
If someone also a mental health disorder, CBT-I is a great adjunct therapy. In fact , curing insomnia can double the chances of a full recovery from depression. (Research from Ryerson University funded by NIMH.)