Sleepless in New York? At NYU Military Family Clinic, the clinicians offer the preferred treatment approach for sleep issues – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). CBT-I can help Veterans and their family members fall asleep more easily, wake up less often during the night, reduce the frequency and intensity of nightmares, and curb early morning awakenings.
CBT-I is a short-term treatment (typically only 6 sessions) that improves symptoms of insomnia without the use of medications. The treatment is flexible and customized to each individual’s unique sleep difficulties – not a one size fits all approach.
Because people with insomnia tend to sleep only a small fraction of the time they spend in bed, CBT-I helps reduce time spent in bed NOT sleeping. And since people with insomnia may also have a variety of counterproductive habits (for example, eating a heavy meal shortly before bedtime), CBT-I helps identify and eliminate these sleep-interfering behaviors. Other components of CBT-I that people often find helpful are learning new relaxation skills and making negative thoughts about sleep more flexible.
For Veterans and their family members who live outside the NYC metropolitan area, CBT-I over the internet using video technology may be an option. Contact Dr. Priscilla Noulas at 646-754-7258 for more information about telehealth offerings.