• Is There A Treatment For Insomnia

    by Lauren King, PsyD
    on May 2nd, 2017

CBT-I is The First-Line Treatment for Insomnia

Lauren King, PsyD

 

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) as a first-line treatment for insomnia in adults. This means that the gold standard of treatment starts first with CBT-I and not sleep medications or other treatments. This is a strong recommendation from the American College of Physicians.

The goal of treatment for insomnia is to improve sleep amount and quality, as well as alleviate distress caused by the sleep difficulties. Traditionally, insomnia has been treated with medications. You may even be taking a sleep medication yourself or know someone who does. However, oftentimes sleep medications are not effective for people. Further, sleep medications frequently have side effects (e.g., headaches, amnesia) whereas CBT-I is low risk.

CBT-I is a multicomponent treatment approach for insomnia. The effectiveness is well known and well researched. However, few professionals are trained in the delivery of CBT-I to patients. Most frequently, the professionals trained in CBT-I are psychologists. Even so, it may be difficult to find psychologists who specialize in this treatment for insomnia.

Bluepoint Medical Associates has a psychologist on staff that treats insomnia patients using CBT-I. If you are struggling with insomnia and are interested in participating in CBT-I, contact Bluepoint Medical Associates today.  For more on Insomnia see Dr. King https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ng_-IHmDic

 Reference:

Qaseem, A., Kansagara, D., Kansagara, D., et al. (2016). Management of Chronic Insomnia Disorder in Adults: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians. Annals of Internal Medicine. 165(2):125-133.

Author Lauren King, PsyD Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CBT-I Provider

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