Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

Mariel Cataldi, M.D., Allison Bailey, M.D., Traci Speed, M.D., Ph.D.


  • Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is an empirically validated approach to cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of chronic insomnia.
    • The purpose of CBT-I is to provide the patient with a set of skills that can be used to promote sleep.
    • These skills focus on modifying maladaptive behaviors, thoughts, and physiological responses that maintain and/or exacerbate insomnia.
  • The approach to CBT-I is present-focused and problem-specific.
    • CBT sessions are structured and goal oriented.
    • The course is time-limited (typically one-hour session per week for 8 weeks).
    • The CBT-I therapist is typically trained in behavioral sleep medicine.

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Last updated: May 2, 2020