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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia | Patient Advice | US News | Fox&Co. Mental Health
See Author Article Here By Michael O. Schroeder Many, many people have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Research generally suggests that around a third of Americans have insomnia at any given time, and about 1 in 10 have chronic insomnia, lasting three months or longer. Not getting adequate rest can affect mood (while depression can also contribute to insomnia), undermine motivation, increase irritability and make it difficult to just get through the day. "For those who take care of small children or have a lot of family and work responsibilities to balance," the National Sleep Foundation notes, "insomnia can make these tasks feel even more overwhelming when you are tired." Often people try over-the-counter sleep aids or nothing at all – just thinking they have to live with it – rather than seeking help from a professional. It's common for patients who see Dr. Rafael Pelayo to have been struggling with insomnia for years. It's "not unusual for me to see someone with