For people who do not have our conditions and who only have an occasional night of insomnia, a sleeping pill might do the trick and be all that the person needs. But for those of us with CFIDS and Fibromyalgia, our problems are a little more long-term and chronic and there might be hope.
A Norwegian study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, says that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy might help us to rest easier at night.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT, is a form of psychotherapy based on the idea that changing the way you think can transform how you feel. In this new study, participants who took a six week course in CBT not only fell asleep more quickly and spent less time awake in the middle of the night but also benefited from deeper slumber than those taking a sleeping pill or placebo.
If you want to look at this therapy option further, you can go to the American Academy fo Sleep Medicine to find specialists in behavioral sleep medicine and for other information.