Most people I see with insomnia say they have’tried everything’ . Medication , over-the-counter products from the pharmacy, remedies that people have recommended and even psychological therapies. CBT, correctly applied is the most effective treatment for persistent insomnia because it deals with the thoughts, behaviour and emotions that build up the problematic vicious cycle.
During the past twenty years, over one hundred clinical trials of CBT in the treatment of insomnia have been conducted , showing that 70 per cent of people gain lasting benefit. There is also some preliminary evidence that mindfulness – based therapies might help insomnia , although there has not yet been a full clinical published.
I’m going to concentrate, therefore on CBT- a brief versional.
A brief CBT programme for insomnia
I will complete in article 2 soon.
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