Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is highly effective when it comes to curing insomnia and improving sleep, yet it can be frustratingly inaccessible.
Just because you can't find (or afford) CBT practitioners near you doesn't mean you can't enjoy any of the benefits CBT has to offer.
The key aspects of CBT are practiced at home. Today, I'll share some of the key techniques based on one ex-insomniac's experiences of CBT in Canada.
* Understand and accept that you haven't lost the ability to sleep. Losing the ability to sleep is impossible.
* Use the bedroom only for sleep and sex. Don't read in bed. Don't watch TV in bed. Remove all electronic devices from the bedroom.
* Go to bed and get out of bed at the same time every day. Don't nap or sleep for longer than normal in an attempt to 'make up' for lost sleep. You want to build up sleep pressure in order to get back to a normal sleep routine.
* If you're associating your bedroom with frustration and a lack of sleep, try reorganizing or redecorating.
Hit the source link below for a thorough description of one woman's CBT journey. It contains a lot of good advice along with CBT techniques you can being implementing right now.
Source: Toronto Life
Last updated: December 11, 2012