What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia is a structured programme that helps you to identify and replace thoughts and behaviours that cause or worsen sleep problems, with habits that promote sound sleep. Unlike sleeping pills, CBT-i helps you to overcome the underlying causes of your sleep problems. The programme teaches you how to use your own body clock and sleep drive to control your sleep pattern so that you never need to lie in bed awake again.

CBT-i has a large evidence base and is repeatedly shown to be one of the most effective treatments for long term insomnia. As a result, the National Institute of Health recommends CBT-i as the preferred treatment for long term insomnia.

CBT-i trains people to use techniques to address factors which maintain sleep problems, such as anxiety or poor sleep scheduling . In addition, CBT-i helps people to develop a healthy sleep pattern with a strong connection between bed and sleeping. Strengthening this connection helps sleep to become a more natural process.

The treatment is designed for those people who have been suffering from sleep problems, however mild, and feel it is impacting upon their everyday lives.

CBT-i can help with:

– Trouble falling asleep
– Waking through the night
– Early morning waking
– Feeling unrefreshed during the day
– Anxiety around sleep
– General anxiety and stress management