New evidence suggests that people suffering from insomnia can use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as treatment. A targeted program in Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health has found that their version of CBT has helped the 450 insomnia patients in their study find relief.
Since insomnia is linked to increase symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, patients also saw a decrease in the amount of negative effects they experienced. Overall, a person’s well-being, mental health, and lifestyle improved.
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“With COVID-19 and many other stressors in life, treating the worst effects of insomnia may have a transformative effect on a person’s wellbeing, mental health and lifestyle,” says lead researcher Dr Alexander Sweetman, from Flinders University’s sleep research clinic, the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health.
“We studied the impact of depression, anxiety, and stress on response to CBTi, in 455 ‘real world’ insomnia patients, from pre-treatment to three-month follow-up,” Dr Sweetman says.
“Insomnia symptoms improved by a similar amount between patients with and without symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.”
Symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress show moderate-to-large improvement following CBTi, the results published in Sleep Medicine show.
Flinders Professor Leon Lack, who runs the insomnia therapy service at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Bedford Park, says CBT for insomnia (‘CBTi’) is recommended as the most effective and first-line treatment of insomnia.”
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