By Lee Grant, Clinical Director and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy specialist at Onebright
Everyone in their life has found it hard to sleep at night, but insomnia is a very common disorder that can affect mental wellbeing in many ways. Approximately 10-15% of UK adults suffer from chronic insomnia which is often caused by long-term feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Insomnia can even have long-lasting impacts at work, affecting your overall productivity while carrying out important tasks.
Fortunately, it has been found that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (primarily referred to as CBT) is proving successful in helping those who suffer from chronic insomnia to improve their sleep pattern. Research conducted by Queen’s University in Canada found that participants were able to go to sleep roughly nine to 30 minutes sooner after receiving Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
CBT is a talking therapy and is a proven way of helping people to cope with stress and emotional problems. It helps individuals look at the connections between how they think, feel, and behave and particularly concentrates on ideas that are unrealistic.
These feelings often undermine one’s self-confidence and can lead to anxiety and depression. However, looking at these unrealistic ideas can help people work out different ways of thinking and behaving that in turn will help them manage their feelings and thoughts.
In the case of insomnia, CBT will help address sleeping patterns and habits that can form before and after sleep, as well as the causes of chronic insomnia. Traditional face to face therapy is fast and effective but can be difficult for some to take the time out to arrange and then attend, especially with increased demands on the NHS.
Online and remote options are accessible and cost-effective, with online CBT for sleep designed with specific modules, providing tools and techniques that are tailored for sleep that businesses and workforces can access at any time with support from a CBT therapist.
Organisations and employers across the country should be able to recognise that they have a duty of care to protect their workforce, and that Insomnia can be a contributing factor to anxiety and depression in the workplace.