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Yoga and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (Y-MBCTi)

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Insomnia is the most frequently reported sleep disorder and may manifest as early morning awakening, or difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. While preliminary data exist regarding the use of meditation-based interventions for individuals suffering from chronic sleep disturbances, data on standardized treatment models using yoga and meditation interventions together in an integrated and evidence-based manner are rather lacking. The Yoga and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Insomnia (Y-MBCTi) model integrates the cognitive-behavioral treatments for insomnia with the principles and practices of standardized yoga and mindfulness meditation in a customized manner. Healthcare professionals can use this model in their routine clinical practice to address the sleep-related problems of their patients in a targeted, time-limited, and standardized way. With a case series consisting of data from four chronic insomnia sufferers, we discuss the utility of the Y-MBCTi, which can be used alone or in combination with other evidence-based approaches like hypnotic medications and agents used to treat sleep conditions such as excessive sleepiness.

Keywords

  • Yoga, mindfulness meditation
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep
  • CBT
  • Behavioral sleep medicine

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Pradhan, B., Malik, S. (2020). Yoga and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (Y-MBCTi). In: Sedky, K., Nazir, R., Bennett, D. (eds) Sleep Medicine and Mental Health. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44447-1_4

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