I recently completed a two-day training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). I thought I'd share a bit of what I learned that might help those of you with difficulty sleeping.
So first off, probably all of us have a sleepless night every now and again, right? We toss and turn, can't get comfortable, throw the blankets off and put them back on... If this only happens occasionally and not night after night, you don't have insomnia. Additionally, you may think you're sleeping soundly, but never feel rested. There are other sleep disorders like sleep apnea and narcolepsy that require medical diagnosis and treatment. Those aren't insomnia either.
So what exactly is insomnia, you ask....
So - if you have ruled out medical conditions that affect your sleep, and you're unable to get to sleep at night or wake too early and can't get back to sleep, night after sleepless night, you can pretty much say you've got insomnia. Now, what to do about it is the next question.
Here's a starting point - I'll post more in the next blog.
Have a thought on those bullet points, and I'll get back with more soon!