We all know how it feels to experience a poor nights sleep. Restlessness and busyness in our minds are common reactions to any stressor, transition or loss. Some people struggle to fall asleep (sleep onset insomnia), others wake throughout the night (sleep maintenance insomnia) and remain awake for 30 minutes or more. Still others wake much earlier than required for a good nights sleep. When any of these disruptions to sleep occur for several nights in a row, it can become problematic for our functioning, health and our moods. If the insomnia persists once the precipitating issue has resolved and lasts for a month or longer, it is considered chronic.
Insomnia is the most frequent health complaint following pain and headaches (Jacobs, 2000) and it is established that about half of adults experience insomnia, half of these chronically. Insomnia may or may not be associated with other physical (i.e. angina, asthma, indigestion, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, PMS, menopause, etc.) and/or psychological problems (i.e. depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, etc.).
Most forms of insomnia are not caused by a sleep disorder and are very treatable using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). Synergy Counselling is offering CBT-I which has been developed and well researched by Dr. Gregg Jacobs, professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School. It is a 5-session intervention that can be offered in both group and individual formats. CBT-I has been recommended as the preferred treatment for chronic insomnia by the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet and by the National Institutes of Health, Consumer Reports and the American Psychological Association (Jacobs, 2000).
Jacobs, G. 2000. Clinician Training Manual for CBT-I Program. University of Massachusetts.