A Synergistic Treatment Approach for Insomnia and Nightmares in Veterans with PTSD
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Journal of Military and Government Counseling
Sleep disturbances are prevalent among veterans. In particular, insomnia and nightmares are common complaints for this population. Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) are established treatments for insomnia and nightmares respectively. This paper reviews recent literature on insomnia and nightmares in military personnel. The treatment of insomnia with CBT-I and nightmares with IRT are discussed. Finally, the integration of CBT-I and IRT for sleep disturbances in Veterans with PTSD is presented.