After trying seemingly every conceivable method to treat her insomnia, Leslie Stephens in Shape shares how cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) finally worked for her.

When I was younger, on the nights I could sleep, I slept for a solid eight hours. On the nights I had insomnia, I couldn’t sleep at all. But in college, I struggled to sleep every night, and even on a “good” night, I got maybe four hours of sleep. And I still had nights where I wasn’t sleeping at all. I was at a loss. There were days when I actually felt like I was going insane. Any negative emotion I felt was multiplied exponentially because of my exhaustion. I no longer had the mental capacity to function normally and by the time I was a junior in 2013, I entertained the idea of trying medication.

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