Cognitive behavioral therapy
(CBT) just got another star for treating insomnia, especially for people who suffer from chronic neck or back pain.
The study, published online by the journal Sleep Medicine, indicates that CBT can help patients who already are taking medications for pain and might be reluctant or unable to take additional drugs to treat their sleep problems.
I've long believed in the power of CBT. Exactly what is it? The gist:
Studies have shown that cognitive behavior therapy can, in fact, beat sleeping pills. This proves just how powerful thoughts can be, and that getting restful sleep is often more about how you teach your mind to think than using any external trick such as a drug or other sleep aid.
The participants in this latest study, whose pain and moods were tracked for six months alongside sleep, received CBT and showed measurable, positive results. The researchers believe that CBT can be even more effective than other treatments for insomnia and chronic pain.
Michael J. Breus, PhD
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