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arielmoe 5 years, 5 months ago

Working at behavioral changes definitely helps! I was so excited to learn about cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia since I didn't want the negative long-term effects that sleep medicine can have (or how drowsy I felt after taking sleeping pills and not sleeping 8 hours afterwards).

The program SHUTi (Sleep Healthy Using the Internet) is online CBT-I that has been proven in multiple clinical trials conducted at the University of Virginia Health System to be as effective as face-to-face treatment. Using a sleep diary and other tips, the program tailored recommendations in a personal way that was engaging and structured, while being less $$ than a visit to a sleep clinic.

I encourage you to check out SHUTi!


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