Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is a structured program to help you challenge and replace thoughts and behaviors that cause or contribute to insomnia. The cognitive part of the treatment focuses on identifying and challenging thoughts and beliefs that tend to keep you in an agitated or frustrated state when trying to sleep. The behavioral part focuses on eliminating behaviors that worsen sleep and replacing these problematic behaviors with habits that facilitate and promote sleep.
CBT-I, as practiced at the CBT Center of Southern California, consists of the following features:
- Cognitive therapy
- Stimulus control therapy
- Sleep restriction
- Sleep hygiene
- Relaxation skills
For a full explanation of our program of CBT-I, see our blog articles on CBT-I: CBT-I: Are Sleep Problems Epidemic?,Um, What Exactly Is CBT-I?, and CBT-I: An Effective Treatment for Both Insomnia and Depression.