The North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System’s Staff Wellbeing Hub psychological therapists are now running a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for insomnia group intervention.

The course lasts 6 weeks, with 90 minute sessions delivered over Microsoft Teams. To access the service, you’ll need to either self refer to [email protected] or be referred by a wellbeing hub clinician. Those who self-refer will be asked to have a quick chat first to discuss your sleep problems and ensure this service is suitable to help you.

Sessions will start on Tuesday 1st November from 10:00am – 11:30am, and will also take place on the 15th, 22nd and 29th of November.

CBT-I is a non-medical treatment for insomnia that is based upon scientific knowledge about sleep. The aims of the programme are to help participants fall asleep, stay asleep and because of better sleep at night, this can improve daily functioning.

As its name suggests, CBT-I has two main parts: ‘cognitive’ and ‘behavioural’. The cognitive aspect of the programme explores the relationship between thoughts, feelings and expectations about sleep that might be in themselves, barriers to getting a good night’s sleep.

The behavioural part supports the changing of behaviours, habits and routines, based upon the science of sleep, that can help improve sleep.