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Say Goodnight to Insomnia

Posted Jan. 31, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
Pen Bay Healthcare
Pen Bay Healthcare

Do you suffer from insomnia? Do you begin to think about what awaits tomorrow and worry about not being able to do your work, attend to your children, or meet your obligations? The Picker Family Resource Center will offer Say Goodnight to Insomnia, a 6-week cognitive behavioral (CBT) program for the treatment of insomnia taught by Amy Libby, LCSW. The course begins February 18 and meets every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Picker Family Resource Center on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus. Call 596-8950 to register or for more information.

A good night’s sleep is vital to your mood, productivity, and vitality. Are you one of the many that find yourself, night after night, wrestling and fighting for even small amounts of shut-eye? Do you lay in bed for minutes or hours on end, listening to the clock ticking, getting increasingly angry and frustrated that sleep will not come? Do you close your eyes only to feel as though your eyeballs are wide awake behind your eyelids?

CBT for Insomnia is based on over 20 years of research and clinical practice by Gregg Jacobs, PhD, at Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts, and is based on a central theme: insomnia can only be treated by addressing the underlying causes, changing thoughts and behaviors around sleep. Participants can expect to learn the biology of sleep and the stress response system, how to challenge sleep thoughts and behaviors, sleep scheduling, lifestyle habits, and relaxation techniques that improve sleep.

Pen Bay Healthcare’s Picker Family Resource Center promotes building community by providing health resources and support that serve the needs of women and their families throughout their lives. The Center’s hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Online at www.penbayhealthcare.org/pickercenter.

The Picker Center is located on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus between the Women’s Health Center and Urology Building, 3 Glen Cove Drive, Suite 2, off Route 1 in Rockport. Use the parking lot and door nearest the Urology side of the building. Call 596-8950 for directions if needed.

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