Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is a very effective treatment and is recommended as first-line treatment for chronic insomnia. However, an additional treatment approach may be appropriate for an individual who doesn’t respond well to CBT-I or experiences only partial symptomatic relief. In such cases, it may be appropriate to offer a hybrid form of CBT-I. This could include breathing retraining for a client who has dysfunctional breathing that could be adversely affecting their sleep quality. Alternatively, for a client who has significant difficulty with the cognitive aspect of CBT-I, it may be appropriate for them to learn and practise mindfulness for insomnia.
For information on how breathing retraining may improve sleep in individuals with dysfunctional breathing, please click here.
For information on how mindfulness based interventions can result in improvements in both the quality and quantity of sleep, please click here.