Treatment for Chronic Insomnia
Beginning in Fall 2016: a treatment program for overcoming chronic insomnia.
NOTE: I am still adding new material to the information
on the website regarding chronic insomnia treatment.
Some sections may be incomplete for a few more days.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
is recommended as the preferred treatment method for chronic insomnia by the National Institutes of Health, the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and others.
Although your medical provider can help you deal with any physical causes of Insomnia, research has shown that when insomnia becomes chronic some relatively simple behavioral and
psychological factors are usually to blame for why the insomnia keeps going on and on.
We normally start having insomnia because of stress or trauma, or concerns about a potential trauma. This gives us feelings such as anxiety, guilt or feeling overwhelmed. Chronic anxiety, however, adds on additional feelings such as frustration over not sleeping, worry about how your bad sleep is affecting your life, and sometimes anger, helplessness, or shame over the lack of being able to take control of your sleep – and these are often what keeps your insomnia going or makes it worse.
Chronic insomnia is a serious illness. It can create or make worse psychological problems such as depression, mood swings, indecisiveness, and irritability. It can lead to overusing any alcohol, drugs, caffeine, sugar, or prescription medications you may be using to help cope with low energy and trying to sleep. It also affects many medical conditions including heart health and even how long you live.
Although insomnia medications may help in the short-term, they aren’t as effective as advertised, they can create bad side effects, and most aren’t recommended for long-term use. CBT provides a lasting long-term solution with no negative side effects and a 70-80% success rate.
Because of all the above, CBT is the recommended best treatment to effectively treat and eliminate chronic insomnia.
I provide a six-week CBT treatment program with individual or group sessions held once per week.
These sessions are based on what research has shown works. They will give you education and training in the uncomplicated behavioral and psychological things you can do to reduce or eliminate your insomnia. The six sessions allow you to establish,
monitor and adjust the techniques to make them work well for your individual situation and needs.
Group sessions are available if there is sufficient demand. Why should you consider group sessions? Group therapy has been shown to be as effective as individual therapy for this treatment. It allows for the cost of this therapy to be extremely reasonable – your total cost for the six 90-minute sessions is only $350 total in a six-person group, and may be covered all or in part by your insurance. Doing this in a group also allows you the opportunity to benefit from the insights and experiences of others who are in the same situation.
Since this therapy works by increasing your understanding and skills, it isn’t like most psychotherapy in that there will be no need for you to do extensive self-searching or make any uncomfortable self-disclosures in the sessions. This is about changing your sleep, not anything else. Group sessions will noi put your privacy about any non-sleep issoes at risk.
Please text me at (907) 388-8963 or email to uncommon.alaska@ gmail.com if you are interested in signing up for this treatment.
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