Treatment for Insomnia

Treatment for Insomnia

What is Insomnia?

Do you often feel tired, fatigued, have difficulty focusing or concentrating, and moody? Are you sleepy during the day? Is this getting in the way of your life? When your sleep is disrupted, it can affect your mind and body. If you have been having difficulty going to sleep, staying asleep, getting up too early, or getting restful sleep on most nights for at least 3 months, you may have insomnia.

How is Insomnia Treated?

The first step in treatment of sleep disorders is a thorough assessment. While I complete a detailed sleep assessment, it is also important to see your primary medical provider to discuss your sleep concerns and have an examination.

There are a number of different types of sleep problems and disorders. Some sleep disturbances are due to a breathing related sleep disorder, circadian rhythm sleep disorder, or parasomnia. For individuals who may have a breathing-related sleep disorder, or other medically based sleep problem, while I may help assess your sleep difficulties, you should work with your medical provider to discuss your treatment options. I often coordinate treatment with medical providers, and can provide treatment for sleep problems when the diagnosis is Insomnia.

One of the most effective therapies for Insomnia is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. It is often recommended as the first-line of treatment for insomnia before using sleep aids. Many people are prescribed sleeping aids to help them sleep. While these medications can be helpful in the short-term treatment of insomnia, once the problem becomes long-term, treatment with therapy is often more effective than medications.


What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi) is a highly effective treatment for sleep disorders. It is tailored for each person depending on the nature of their sleep difficulties. CBTi focuses on changing and developing habits to improve sleep quality and quantity. It includes the following components:

  • Stimulus Control. With treatment, you can increase your association between bed and sleep, and over time this will lead to improved sleep.
  • Sleep Restriction. By setting limits on the time you spend in bed, you can begin to fall asleep faster, and decrease nighttime awakenings. This helps you maximize your sleep time.
  • Relaxation Training. By learning to relax your body and mind, you can improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Sleep Hygiene. By evaluating your habits, you may identify behaviors that interfere with your sleep. By discussing good sleep habits and ways to change your behaviors, you will improve your sleep.
  • Cognitive Skills to Manage Stress. Stress and worries will often interfere with sleep. By learning techniques to manage stress, worry, or anxiety, your mind can relax and your body can go to sleep.


How Much Does Treatment for Insomnia Cost?

Every client has different symptoms, habits, and needs, so there is no standard length of treatment. However, CBTi is considered a short-term, outcome-focused treatment. CBTi is at least 6 sessions, often with occasional maintenance sessions. Many clients begin to see improvements in sleep quickly. The more a client participates within therapy, and in exercises between therapy appointments, the faster they typically experience symptom improvement.

Treatment for insomnia with CBTi is billed at the current individual therapy rate. Please inquire with your insurance company if they cover you for mental health treatment for sleep disorders and if you need a referral. You can see which insurances are currently accepted on the Services page or FAQ page. Private pay is also accepted.


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