What is cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia?

Insomnia tends to be triggered by an isolated event or a series of events that cause disruption in our lives.

Although sleep problems during periods of stress or change are normal for most people, there is a large group for whom, even after the event has passed or they have adapted to a change, sleep problems remain.

Insomnia can be difficult to overcome, even after the initial cause has been resolved. This is because we start to pay attention to sleep and develop inappropriate thoughts and behaviours which, in an attempt to help, only cause further harm.

These continued thoughts and behaviours are the cause of most cases of chronic insomnia.

Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is a set of techniques developed and tested to reformat these thoughts and behaviours. "Cognitive" is just the scientific word for thoughts, while "behavioural" refers to our behaviours.

Treatment steps


The CBT-I is held through weekly sessions over a period of 5 weeks.

CBT-I works by addressing the thoughts and behaviours that are the cause of most cases of insomnia.