The treatment of insomnia begins with education about the sleep problem and appropriate sleep hygiene measures. Before therapy is instituted, most patients are asked to maintain a sleep diary for 1-2 weeks.
This provides a clearer picture of the degree of sleep disturbance and allows development of a tailored treatment.
Strong evidence supports the use of nonpharmacologic interventions like family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), for insomnia. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, CBT is now considered the most appropriate treatment for patients with primary insomnia.
The use of this therapy is based on the fact that primary insomnia is associated with physiologic, emotional, and cognitive arousal and conditioning to arousal in bed.
Our therapists at Oregon Counseling are ready to help you deal with insomnia. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to speak to a therapist that specializes in sleep problems!