Can cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) help in severe insomnia?
Many people who have been diagnosed with an insomnia disorder find that cognitive behavioral therapy helps them get a better night’s sleep again. Cognitive behavioral therapy aims to change thought patterns and behaviors that may be disturbing your sleep.
Roughly 6 out of 100 people in Germany have a real sleep disorder – not just occasional trouble sleeping. You are considered to have a sleep disorder if:
- You have trouble sleeping on at least three nights per week. In other words, if it takes a long time to fall asleep, you're awake for long periods of time during the night, or wake up far too early and can't get back to sleep.
- These sleep problems last for more than a month.
- They make you feel so tired during the day that it leads to stress and problems in everyday life.
If a sleep problem is severe, simple measures to change your sleeping habits are often not effective. Then doctors usually recommend cognitive behavioral therapy.