What is CBT-I?
CBT-I is a non-medication approach for treating insomnia. Clinicians in each of our offices are experienced in the treatment of insomnia. The goals when conducting CBT-I are to empower and educate you so that you understand your sleep problems, identify factors impacting your sleep, and find effective ways to manage your sleep using non-medication strategies.
Specific CBT-I strategies may include sleep restriction, stimulus control, sleep hygiene, and reducing sleep-interfering activation. You will also learn a variety of stress management skills such as relaxation training, cognitive therapy, and worry control. CBT-I is typically completed within 6-8 weeks, during weekly 45-minute sessions. This treatment will lead to improved sleep and daytime functioning, helping you successfully manage your insomnia.
What about medication for insomnia?
At The Ross Center, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with the latest in best practices in medicine. There is a substantial amount of high-quality research which supports the use of CBT-I as the first line treatment for chronic insomnia in the majority of cases. While medication for sleep is sometimes necessary, it does not allow for the same quality of sleep that we get when we sleep on our own. At times our psychiatrists will provide medications to aid with sleep, but our goal is to have our patients sleeping on their own through a combination of lifestyle change and CBT-I techniques.