If you answered, "a lot!", then you know what insomnia's like.
You probably don't talk about your chronic insomnia very much. You might occasionally admit to having had "a bad night," but words don't express the bone-crushing weariness that you feel. The effects of lack of sleep are pervasive: they slow down your thinking, undermine your work, impact your relationships, your health and vitality. Chronic sleep deprivation is downright dangerous.
Now, many kinds of chronic insomnia can be treated without drugs. A simple program, CBT, can have you sleeping better fast.
Cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) of insomnia has proved to be as, or more, effective in treating chronic insomnia as sleeping pills.* In only a few weeks, CBT gives you tools you can use to solve future sleep problems yourself. That's what makes CBT such a valuable insomnia treatment. It's safe, highly effective and can be a lasting solution for sleep problems. For general information about CBT visit http://www.nacbt.org/whatiscbt.htm.
The first step in treating sleep disorders
Not all insomnia is the same. That's why the first step in treatment is evaluation: Is your troubled sleep primary insomnia, or does it arise from a medical, psychiatric or other serious sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea?
Treatment will begin with careful evaluation, both in my office and in your home. If you are a candidate for CBT, we will work together on a program designed specifically for you.
* The study is published in the November 1, 2006 issue of the journal, Sleep.