"If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep."
– Dale Carnegie
Carnegie’s quote taps into the heart of the matter – worry about sleep. The worry so many people know all too well. Lying in bed hoping and struggling to fall asleep. Sometimes it is more than worry. Sometimes it is panic. Panic due to feeling out of control. Panic about the dire consequences if you keep missing out on sleep.
This worry can pervade your waking hours. Even during the day, you can find yourself apprehensive about the possibility of another difficult night of sleep.
Unfortunately, telling yourself to stop worrying rarely works. Just reading Carnegie’s good advice will not magically turn a person into someone who no longer “worries” about sleep. If it were only that simple.
So, what to do? You could continue doing what you are doing. If so, you can probably expect about the same results. Or you can try something different. But what should you try?
We believe your best bet is to choose a treatment that is supported by high quality research. That research strongly points to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). As you can read below, prestigious scientific and medical organizations judge CBT-I to be the treatment of choice for insomnia. Our recommendation is, therefore, that you should try CBT-I for sleep problems that cause distress or interfere with your life.
To give CBT-I a fair chance, it should be done properly. Optimally, you would be assisted by a licensed practitioner who is trained to administer CBT-I. Unfortunately, that may not be possible, which is the primary reason we wrote this book. The SomniSkills Workbook was written to mimic the treatment program that would be provided by a trained CBTI practitioner.
For the best outcome, it is best to follow the step-by-step instructions in the Workbook. We have worked hard to make those instructions easy to follow. But if you are not ready to commit to following all the instructions, you can benefit from simply reading the SomniSkills Workbook. It will give you an excellent idea of what CBT-I is all about. You will learn exactly what the experts are recommending. You are also bound to learn some useful information about sleep and how to cope with sleep problems.
P.O. Box 8736
Portland, ME 04104-8736