Insomnia

Sleep is essential for health and well-being. But millions of people don’t get enough, resulting in such problems as daytime sleepiness, poor decision-making, interference with learning and accidents. Learn more

Source: American Psychological Association

Self Help Books for Insomnia


 

The Insomnia Workbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting the Sleep You Need

 

Forget expensive mattresses, fancy foam pillows, and white noise machines. There’s no better treatment for insomnia than cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Research has shown that CBT works even better than powerful sleep medications, and with this workbook, it’s easier than ever to put these strategies to work to help you ward off insomnia and finally get to sleep.

The Insomnia Workbook is designed to simulate the experience of seeing a professional CBT sleep specialist. First, you’ll assess your sleep habits with questionnaires and evaluate how your sleep problem affects your life; then you’ll learn a variety of proven techniques sleep specialists recommend to their clients. This book includes all of the tools you need to better understand your insomnia and create an effective plan for getting the sleep you need.

With this complete program, you’ll:

  • Stop the racing thoughts that keep you awake at night
  • Train yourself to sleep using stimulus control, sleep restriction, and deep relaxation skills
  • Identify foods and lifestyle factors that may be making things worse
  • Keep a personal sleep log to track your progress

 

 


 

Say Good Night to Insomnia: The Six-Week, Drug-Free Program Developed At Harvard Medical School

 

The bestselling guide to curing insomnia without drugs by “a pioneer” of the field, now updated with the latest research (The Wall Street Journal)

For the past ten years, sleep-deprived Americans have found natural, drug-free relief from insomnia with the help of Dr. Gregg D. Jacobs’s Say Good Night to Insomnia.

Jacobs’s program, developed and tested at Harvard Medical School and based on cognitive behavioral therapy, has been shown to improve sleep long-term in 80 percent of patients, making it the gold standard for treatment. He provides techniques for eliminating sleeping pills; establishing sleep-promoting behaviors and lifestyle practices; and improving relaxation, reducing stress, and changing negative thoughts about sleep.

In this updated edition, Jacobs surveys the limitations and dangers of the new generation of sleeping pills, dispels misleading and confusing claims about sleep and health, and shares cutting-edge research on insomnia that proves his approach is more effective than sleeping pills.

Say Good Night to Insomnia is the definitive guide to overcoming insomnia without drugs for the thousands of Americans who are looking for a healthy night’s rest.

 

 


 

Overcoming Insomnia: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach Workbook (Treatments That Work)

 

It is estimated that one in ten U.S. adults suffers from chronic insomnia. If left untreated, chronic insomnia reduces quality of life and increases risk for psychiatric and medical disease, especially depression and anxiety. There are two forms of insomnia: secondary insomnia, in which it is comorbid with another condition such as psychiatric disorders, chronic pain conditions, or cardiopulmonary disorders, and primary insomnia, which does not coexist with any other disorder. 

This treatment program uses cognitive-behavioral therapy methods to correct poor sleep habits. CBT has been proven in multiple studies to improve sleep hygiene by reducing time spent in bed before sleep onset, reducing time spent awake after first sleep onset, and increasing the quality and efficiency of sleep. Developed by the authors, this evidence based treatment can be used for both primary and secondary insomnia sufferers. Patients are first given information about healthy sleep and the reasons for improving sleep habits, then a behavioral program is developed to address that patient’s specific sleep problems. Use of sleep logs, assessment forms, and other homework (all provided in the corresponding workbook) allows client and therapist to work together to develop an effective sleep regimen tailored specifically for each client. Finally, several sessions are dedicated to increasing compliance and problem-solving.

 

 

Did you know?

Sleep problems are common symptoms of depression and anxiety, so be sure to be evaluated by a professional if your sleep does not improve.