What is CBTI

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia or CBTI is clinically validated non‐drug treatment for chronic insomnia.  CBTI is typically delivered over the course of 5 to 8 weekly treatment sessions and is conducted in either individual or small group counseling formats.   During this treatment, clients are  required to maintain a Daily Sleep Diary to record their  sleep wake patterns and any sleep medication use. It works by identifying unhelpful habits and routines which may be maintaining sleep problems. CBT for Insomnia improves quality and depth of sleep to help to feel less tired during the day. Sleep is an essential part of our wellbeing, helping us to feel well and happy.

It is normal for anyone to experience a sleep difficulty at some point in life, however sleep problems can sometimes lead us to feel low or anxious. In this way problems with sleep can have a big impact on day to day living. Sleep serves a restorative purpose, both psychologically and physiologically. Sleep is important for general health, memory, concentration, performance, well-being and mood. Due to the important nature of sleep, when it becomes disrupted it can be difficult to function day to day. CBTI can help to transition clients back to adequate and effective sleep patterns.

The Centre for Centre Relief- uses CBTI- a cognitive and behavioral approach to helping people gain back control of their sleeping. CBTI is currently the most successful treatment for insomnia on the market with absolutely no side effects. It is more effective than medication, and more effective than alternative modes of treatment .

You Are NOT alone!

An estimated 3.3 million Canadians aged 15 or older, or about one in every seven, have problems going to sleep or staying asleep.

Defining Insomnia

DSM-5 Definition of Insomnia Disorder

Complaint of sleep quantity or quality associated with problems falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or early morning awakenings.

The sleep problem causes distress and/or some sort of problem at work, with others, etc.

The sleep problem occurs at least 3 nights/week and has been going on for at least 3 months.

The sleep problem occurs despite adequate opportunity for sleep.

The insomnia is not better explained by another sleep disorder, is not caused by the effects of a substance, and is not adequately explained by coexisting mental disorders or medical conditions.

NOTE: insomnia is diagnosed whether it occurs as an independent condition or is comorbid with another mental disorder, medical condition, or another sleep disorder; insomnia is not diagnosed when the insomnia is not severe enough to warrant independent clinical attention

The Vicious Cycle of Insomnia Arousal is the physiological and psychological state of being awake and responsive and plays a big part in a poor night’s sleep. Our feelings, thoughts and health are all factors that cause us to be aroused which can prevent falling asleep. The harder we try to fall asleep, the more aroused we become, which in turn causes us to feel anxious about our sleep. Trying to fall asleep actually keeps us awake, as sleep is an automatic process which works best when we leave it on automatic.