It is very exhausting if you have poor sleep quality, including difficulties falling and staying sleep. It affects not only your mood and productivity the next day, but also your overall health. Normally if you have sleep problems for a while, you go to a doctor to receive some prescribed medication. But, have you ever thought of taking a short course of intensive behavioral therapy instead of pills to impove your sleep quality?
A recent Australian study proposes a step-by-step effective treatment of insomnia, known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (CBTi). The researchers provided the evidence that their proposed therapy improves insomnia in a long term, mental health and overall quality of life, and can be more successful than sleeping pills.
The therapy starts with assessment of sleep problems and consists of 4 standard sessions. During the sessions besides the supervision, the poor sleepers receive a lot of information, guidelines, rules and tools to understand and improve their sleep quality.
In the near future, the researchers aim to understand how to help people who suffer from several combined disorders, such as chronic insomnia and sleep apnea.
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