Sleep Attitudes Matter in Treatment

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Sleep Attitudes Matter in Treatment

A study published in the March 2006 issue of the journal Sleep indicates that beliefs and attitudes about sleep are key to the treatment of insomnia. Don't underestimate the power of the mind. We can actually talk ourselves out of sleeping well!

Research shows insomnia sufferers share many misconceptions about insomnia and sleep, some of which can be corrected through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Some of those misconceptions include you "can't manage negative sleep consequences" and "sleep is worsening and no one can help."

There is a Dysfunctional Beliefs and Attitudes about Sleep scale experts use to diagnose sufferers' attitudes about sleep. Using CBT in studies, sufferers were able to diffuse some of those statements more ably than they could when using other types of treatment. That's because cognitive therapy offers proper information about sleep norms, age-related sleep changes, reasonable sleep goals, and the influence of naps and exercise.

   

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