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CBT Alternative To Prescription Drugs For Insomnia And Sleep Disorders

Kinga Cichewicz

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is emerging as a solution to aid persistent insomnia in place of medication. 

University of Iowa Neurology Professor Mark Dyken and Psychiatrist Rachel Immen join River to River explain the impacts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI).  

"I like to compare CBTI to physical therapy - you're working on a specific problem with exercises that help you improve the function of yourself," Immen says. "CBTI is very similar in that you're going to be working on exercises to improve your brain function and your sleep ability."

Dyken and Immen share their expertise and comment on the latest scientific discoveries in the field of sleep.

Later on, the experts answer questions and give a variety of sleep advice to callers across Iowa.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River