by Caitlin Flynn, Jul 15, 2018
It’s a sequence of events that’s all-too-familiar to so many: a night of tossing and turning followed by a day of throwing back coffee in a desperate effort to stay awake and alert. Cue the vicious cycle.
One in 4 Americans develops acute insomnia each year according to a study conducted by researchers at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. It’s no wonder some of these exhausted adults are turning to sleep coaches in search of solutions that don’t involve prescription sleep aids.
What is sleep coaching?
So, what exactly does sleep coaching entail? Dr. Alex Dimitriu, double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine, tells SheKnows that sleep coaching “is, in effect, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia — also known as CBTI.” Cognitive behavioral therapy, which is used to treat a wide number of mental health conditions, is a solution-focused method of treatment that aims to help patients develop healthier patterns of behavior and reframe damaging thought patterns.
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