Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

I've been interested in study of sleeping since I had hard time to get sleep with stresses. then I've tried to find 'insomnia' and the treatment (therapy). As we know, CBT helps people change the thoughts and actions to get restful sleep. 
This article talks about the information of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, what and how they are dealing with. CBT for insomnia could provided by not only therapists but also others if they are trained. It is not treating with medication but treating the thoughts of people with insomnia, they try to change the misperception and incorrect idea through session practices. Study tells that sometimes, misinformation of sleep causes the insomnia. For example, people may think that we must get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per day for rested feeling and we try to get sleep earlier. However, it gives an opposite effect that it causes the stresses. sleeping hours are depending on individuals. And also, CBT deals with the person's sleeping habit, environments, and the daily routine whether it is beneficial or negative. They try to treat the outermost infection and then insomniac is steadily recovered.

1 comment:

yeuneui said...

Insomnia is also one of my interesting topic these days, since I have experienced from difficulty on getting into sleep at night. I heard, nowadays, 3 of 10 people in the world suffer from insomnia. According to many researches or general articles, people get insomnia due to the anxiety, depression, or stress. In January, I have seen an article that less sleep makes out brain losing and become obesity. From this moment, I always try to get enough sleep; however, I feel it is hard while being a student. The CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) has 44% of possibility to treat insomnia; however, "the therapy does not work for everyone and it is expensive and time-consuming." Therefore, before making decision to get CBT, in order to save money, it may be good way to practice 4 effective suggestions for treating insomnia.

1. Do not intake caffeine such as coffee, milk tea, iced tea, or chocolate
2. Do exercise, but 5 hours before people get into sleep
3. Do not smoke or alcohol
4. Do not watch TV while in bed. Use bed only for sleeping.

These 4 ways are provided by Shelby Freedman Harris, the director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine.