The Insomnia Workbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting the Sleep You Need
Aromatherapy, pillows, sleep masks, white noise machines, expensive mattresses-do any of these things help people actually get to sleep? For the vast majority of insomniacs, the answer is no, and yet these are among the top recommendations most books on sleep offer. The author of The Insomnia Workbook, a clinical psychologist who specializes in sleep disorders, has helped hundreds of patients get a good night's rest using cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), a therapeutic approach that has been shown in clinical studies to be even more effective than powerful sleep medications. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, there is no better treatment for insomnia than CBT. This interactive workbook is designed to simulate the experience of seeing a professional CBT sleep therapist. Readers answer questions and do step-by-step exercises to assess their sleep habits and learn to use CBT to build a healthy sleep lifestyle. The included exercises help readers identify and address mood-related insomnia, medically related insomnia, primary insomnia, and other sleep disorders. Sleep hygiene, sleep logs, stimulus control, and sleep restriction are discussed in detail in the treatment sections of this book. Medication information is also included for readers already taking sleeping pills and for those who would like to try them. The author discusses over-the-counter sleep medications and herbal remedies. She also gives advice for gently weaning oneself off of sleep medications for those interested in trying a CBT-only approach to insomnia treatment.