Insomnia expert, Jack Edinger, PhD, discusses how the Sleep Center at National Jewish Health uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to improve insomnia symptoms. Dr. Edinger has helped patients schedule sleep, develop good sleep habits and overcome middle-of-the-night stressors with CBT strategies.
Typically, the first we will do is we’ll offer them a course of cognitive behavioral insomnia therapy and this a multi-component treatment in which we look at their day to day sleep hygiene practices, the way they go about scheduling sleep, the types of activities where they’re struggling in the middle of the night and staring at the clock and agonizing.
Help them get over that.
We have strategies to help the racing mind that many of them talk about at night.
Altogether, the strategies are very effective, both in the short and long term in resolving insomnia symptoms.
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