Sleep problems unfortunately are very common. Nearly 1/3 of the US population complains of insomnia and 9-15% of adults have ongoing sleep problems. Sleep problems can be so frustrating and lead to day-time sleepiness, irritability, and worsen anxiety.
Sleep problems are a common symptom in depression, PTSD, and anxiety. When the sleep problem occurs with another psychological issue, it might resolve once you get treatment for that issue.
People treat sleeping problems with a variety of approaches including prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications, therapy, and dietary changes (e.g., limiting caffein after 3pm). Some of these interventions work for some people.
Therapy designed specifically to address insomnia - Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) - is usually very helpful. In fact, 70-80% of clients with primary insomnia report improvements in sleep.
CBT-I is a short, structured approach to improving sleep. It is designed as 8 therapy sessions that focus on restructuring thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to sleep and changing sleeping behaviors to improve sleep quality. The approach is based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy principles.
If you are having sleeping problems, this therapy is worth a try.
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