Please review my comments and blogs on cognitive behavioral therapy CBT); and, the eight hour sleep myth.
There is little scientific evidence that insomnia reduces life span, speeds up aging, or stresses your heart. In fact, longer sleep is associated with greater risk of shorter life span and morbidity than shorter sleep. Furthermore, the long-term effects of sleeping pills, which lose efficacy in the long run as you noted, include a mortality risk greater than sleep loss. CBT includes all of this data to help you reduce worry about not sleeping (worry only serves to exacerbate insomnia). Finally, CBT is very effective in 80% of patients. See my website for more information on online CBT.
Thank you Dr. Jacobs for your reply, and I'll be sure to visit your website, but as I wrote previously, I have been treated for over a year now at MGH in Boston with CBT to virtually zero positive results.
I am on my own, weening off the Xanax and will search for other solutions to chronic anxiety and my insomnia - PCH suggests HRT which I'm strongly against.
Your initial post did not mention CBT and I must confess that, despite being in the Boston area, I do not know anyone at MGH that does CBT for insomnia.
I'm treated by a wonderful Ph.D therapist, Dr. Christina Baker-Woods and she is a CBT specialist at MGH.
I'll share your name and website with Dr. Baker.
I don’t believe she is a sleep specialist who has trained in a sleep center on CBT for insomnia. If not, ask her for a referral to a sleep center that has a CBT for insomnia specialist such as Dr. Cynthia Dorsey at Brigham Sleep Center since challenging cases of insomnia require a person who has specific training in CBT for insomnia .