Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

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found that after the first six weeks of CBT-I she started to sleep better and better. Even though she was able to stop seeing Dr. Posner on a regular basis, she is careful to keep her CBT-I regimen intact. She explained, "I know there is always a chance that this could happen again. I can drop into my bad habits. If I have a bad night, I know to get out of bed. If I have a series of bad nights, I know to restrict my time in bed. I also know I can always call or visit Dr. Posner."

Dr. Perlis emphasizes that when treatment is reinitiated, patients tend to have a quick recovery. “In the final analysis, the take home message is, 'don't let the small burning embers of transient insomnia accelerate into a blaze'."

Christine concluded, "I went with an open mind, but I didn't expect it to work as well as it did. Now I can go to bed and sleep on my own, which many people take for granted – but for me it is the biggest gift of all.