Tag: cognitive-behavioral therapy

Depression responds to treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia

The Insomnia-Depression Connection Writ Large

Insomnia doesn’t often get front-page coverage, but it did on Tuesday. Benedict Carey of The New York Times reported on a study of people under treatment for depression. The results showed that nearly twice as many subjects were cured of depression when—in addition to taking an antidepressant or a pill placebo—they received cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia.

It’s time to reassess the relationship between insomnia and depression.

Laying Fear of Sleeplessness to Rest

Once fear of sleeplessness moves into your bedroom, it can feel like a permanent feature of the night, making insomnia worse. But does it have to be this way?

Therapy with a sleep specialist, or measures you can take on your own with instruction from a book or the web, can help set fears to rest.

Sleep Restriction in a Nutshell

In last week’s blog I explained the rationale behind sleep restriction as a treatment for insomnia. (Here’s a link to that blog post.) Now I’ll offer a quick and dirty description of how it works.

For insomnia, I tried every remedy in the book

A Long Slog to Better Sleep

Persistent insomnia can be exhausting, and not just because you can’t sleep. The search for relief can sap your energy, and the remedies available often come with caveats.