On the last page, we learned about evidence-based treatments. Now, let’s take a look at one of these proven treatments for insomnia, called CBT.

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Let’s learn about Proven Treatment for Insomnia
(Sleep Problems)

What is CBT for Insomnia?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or “C-B-T”) for Insomnia is an evidence- based “talk” therapy, or counseling treatment, proven effective for problems with falling or staying asleep. The treatment includes proven steps for sleeping longer and better.

Watch this video to learn more about CBT for Insomnia treatment. And, check out the wheel at the bottom of this page to learn about the specific parts of treatment!

Experts recommend CBT for Insomnia treatment at the highest level.

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CBT for Insomnia is more effective than sleep medications in the long-term, without the side effects.

Most Veterans who receive CBT for Insomnia have large improvements in sleep and better quality of life.

2 out of 3 Veterans who receive CBT for Insomnia sleep much better.

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In addition to sleeping better, many Veterans who receive CBT for Insomnia report improvements in their mood.

What Happens in Treatment?

CBT for Insomnia includes proven steps for sleeping longer and better.

Click on an item on the wheel to learn about the different steps of CBT for Insomnia!

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Learn Healthy Sleep Behaviors

Treatment begins with education to improve your sleep behaviors and habits. This education can help to identify and change things that may be affecting your sleep.
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Re-Train the Brain for Sleep

Many people with insomnia spend time doing “awake” activities, like watching TV and reading, in bed. This confuses the brain to think that the bed is not for sleep. In treatment, you’ll learn how to re-train your brain for sleep.
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Change Negative Thinking

Many people with insomnia lay awake worrying – including about not being able to fall asleep! These thoughts make the mind more active. In treatment, your therapist will help you learn skills to catch and change these thoughts.
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Learn Relaxation Skills

Treatment also includes training in relaxation skills that are very effective in lowering tension and stress. This creates a calm mind and body for sleeping.

Click the arrows below to learn about the different steps of CBT for Insomnia.

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Learn Healthy Sleep Behaviors

Treatment begins with education to improve your sleep behaviors and habits. This education can help to identify and change things that may be affecting your sleep.

Re-Train the Brain for Sleep

Many people with insomnia spend time doing “awake” activities, like watching TV and reading, in bed. This confuses the brain to think that the bed is not for sleep. In treatment, you’ll learn how to re-train your brain for sleep.
person dreaming in bed icon

Change Negative Thinking

Many people with insomnia lay awake worrying – including about not being able to fall asleep! These thoughts make the mind more active. In treatment, your therapist will help you learn skills to catch and change these thoughts.
person meditating icon

Learn Relaxation Skills

Treatment also includes training in relaxation skills that are very effective in lowering tension and stress. This creates a calm mind and body for sleeping.