Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Computerized CBT helps with insomnia

Computerized cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is effective in treating sleep problems. Researchers from the University of Manitoba in Canada studied 118 adults with chronic insomnia. Half of them used a computerized CBT programme and half were placed on a waiting list for treatment. The programme was made up of information about insomnia and sleep hygiene, stimulus control instruction, relaxation training, sleep restriction and cognitive therapy. The cognitive therapy part of the programme was designed to help individuals develop realistic expectations about sleep and the impact of sleep on their functioning the next day while teaching them a variety of strategies for coping with worries and an over-active mind. The results showed that 81% of the people using the programme showed at least mild improvement in their sleep and 35% rated themselves as much, or very much, improved. 30% of people who finished the programme managed to get an extra hour's worth of sleep. They also developed healthier attitudes about sleep and were less likely to have an over-active mind at bedtime. However, there was a 33% drop-out rate for the programme, compared to only 22% for 'in person' psychotherapy.

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dr.zimadam said...

If you are suffering from sleep problems such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea, you need to consider this problem seriously and adopt specific measures at the earliest to get back your sleep. Regular exercising is one of the options to ensure sound sleep at night. Altogether, if you are unable to get adequate sleep during night, you can undertake certain initiatives to overcome your sleep problems such as fixing your sleeping as well as waking schedule and abstaining from alcohol, nicotine, tea, coffee et al before hitting the bed.

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