Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Insomnia
“Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory and makes you more creative. It makes you look more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and the flu. It lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll feels happier, less depressed, less anxious. Are you interested?”
The new science of sleep and dreams set out in Mathew Walker’s ground-breaking book ‘Why We Sleep’ details everything we need to know about why sleep is so important for the mind, body and soul and how sleep deprivation can savagely undermine our healing abilities and human potential.
We know intrinsically that sleep is one of the biggest healing resources available to us, this is now also well evidenced and back by science. We all have access to it and it is free, yet most of us still deprive ourselves of the sleep we need sometimes this comes down to the lifestyle choices we make but sometimes it is a maladaptive behavior due to adverse events in life.
Dr Walker poses an important question when he asks – Why sleep is not prescribed?
Yet, what happens if you are that exhausted person who wants more sleep or feels they need better quality sleep? Imagine you have that prescription in your hand and you plan to start it that evening. You get in to bed BUT you can’t drop off or you fall into a sleep slumber but you keep waking up and no matter how hard you want to – you just can’t seem to maintain sleep and you wake feeling like you had a terrible night’s sleep, it leaves you groggy, foggy, exhausted in the day and needing to nap and this goes on for months … then what?
Sound like you? Sounds like Insomnia….
There is no medical way to treat insomnia even prevalence is high, affecting 1 in 5 adults in the UK every year. However, changing how you think and how you behave – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been proven to have a positive impact on addressing this sleep disorder through tried and tested evidence-based interventions that are applicable to all variants of insomnia.
Four 45 minute sessions (plus one follow-up session) you will learn techniques to put in to practice at home. These session focus on the Physiological, Psychological and Behavioral components of insomnia breaking associations and maladaptive coping strategies.