Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) as an alternative to sleeping pills | Matt Walker

Parent Episode: Dr. Matthew Walker on Sleep for Enhancing Learning, Creativity, Immunity, and Glymphatic System

Sleeping pills work by activating specific receptors in the brain, inducing a kind of sedative, unnatural sleep. Sleeping pill use carries considerable risk, including susceptibility to a wide range of acute and chronic illnesses. A safer, healthier alternative to sleeping pills is cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI), which addresses the underlying causes of sleep problems. The effectiveness of CBTI is well-documented and is now the American College of Physicians' first-line recommended treatment for insomnia. In this clip, Dr. Matthew Walker describes the health risks associated with sleeping pill use and the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy as an alternative treatment for sleep problems.

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