What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)?
Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) involves examining and changing certain sleep behaviors and thoughts. The therapist instructs the patient in several techniques designed to re-associate the bed with successful sleep experiences. Gradually, over a period of weeks, the length and quality of sleep can improve as these new behaviors are practiced. The patient’s experience of daytime fatigue may become worse before it gets better with CBT-I.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that seeks to balance the body’s flow of energy. By inserting very thin needles into the skin, the acupuncturist can stimulate points in the body to treat symptoms and promote healing. Up to a third of cancer patients use acupuncture to manage troublesome cancer-related side effects. There is usually little to no discomfort when the needles are inserted, and some patients find the experience of acupuncture relaxing.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep at night that occurs for at least three nights per week for at least three months.
Insomnia can interfere with daytime functioning, and can become chronic if left untreated. Sleep medications often prescribed to cancer patients are only intended for short term use, and may have disagreeable side effects.