Why not just take a sleeping pill?
The truth is that even with the new generation of sleeping pills, sleeping pills continue to have many drawbacks and side effects. In fact, sleeping pills are no longer considered a safe or appropriate treatment for chronic insomnia because they:
- can have serious side effects that far outweigh their benefits;
- are only moderately effective for insomnia and stop working over time;
- strengthen the belief that the cure for insomnia comes from external factors; and
- can lead to physical or psychological dependency.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is now the recommended first line treatment.
- examines what you know and don’t know about sleep,
- teaches you even more about sleep,
- helps you replace your negative thoughts about sleep, with more accurate and positive ones.
So, if you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or if you wake up too early, more than 3 times a week for a month, please consider CBT-I. Only you, can make your sleep a priority.