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Study: Therapy may help you train your body to sleep

It's not always easy to find a therapist for this treatment, but there are ways to incorporate it into your sleep routine. (Source: KFVS) It's not always easy to find a therapist for this treatment, but there are ways to incorporate it into your sleep routine. (Source: KFVS)
The American College of Physicians says six to ten percent of people suffer from insomnia in the United States, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy could be their best bet. (Source: KFVS) The American College of Physicians says six to ten percent of people suffer from insomnia in the United States, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy could be their best bet. (Source: KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Experts have been saying since before most can remember that we are not getting enough sleep.

Now, one study found that a form of therapy may help you train your body to sleep easier.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treats a number of conditions: PTSD, anxiety, depression, and much more.

According to the American College of Physicians, it may help turn a wink of sleep into a full night.

Hannah Hembree works at Cup n Cork in Cape Girardeau, and said sleep can be hard to come by.

"I wake up at about 4, head straight to the gym, and I'm there from 4:45 to 9," Hembree said. "It's really difficult from about 4:45 to about like 6, then I start waking up, but... lots of caffeine."

She's not the only one trying to get some shut-eye.

According to the American College of Physicians, six to ten percent of people suffer from insomnia in the United States, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy could be their best bet.

It's not always easy to find a therapist for this treatment, but there are ways to incorporate it into your sleep routine.

That way you need less coffee to wake up, and you can focus more on what time you need to get up.

Sleep experts say staying up, and not taking naps helps your body's urge to sleep.

The study suggests figuring out what time you need to wake up, how much sleep you need, and count backwards.

Try to sleep right at that time.

Going to bed when you are tired could train your brain to sleep longer over time.

"I feel like that would work really well for me, but the problem is scheduling when I sleep. I'm really bad about that," Hembree said.

Experts say if you can't sleep, try reading a boring book in a separate room then go back to bed when you are tired.

The study suggests Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an alternative to taking sleeping pills.

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