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Path to Better Sleep helps Veterans treat insomnia

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If you’re a Veteran and have trouble falling or staying asleep, you’re not alone. Almost half of Veterans currently enrolled in VA Health Care have insomnia. It affects every part of your life including your physical and mental health. Insomnia’s symptoms can be so tough that you may be ready to try anything to fall asleep. Finding a treatment that works can be hard because sleep disorders can be difficult to diagnose. VA created Path to Better Sleep to help you improve your sleep from the convenience of your own home.

What is Path to Better Sleep?

Path to Better Sleep was created specifically for Veterans. It’s completely free and anonymous. The online tools use leading sleep therapy CBT-i (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia) to help retrain your brain to get a full night’s rest. CBT-i is proven to be more effective than medication.

Why Path to Better Sleep?

Path to Better Sleep helps you change your sleep patterns and reduce unhelpful thoughts and behaviors. It also features a Sleep Check-up Toolthat can help you sort your symptoms and access more information on healthy sleeping habits.

What other features does Path to Better Sleep offer?

The self-directed program includes:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)
  • A Sleep Check-up Tool to help you understand your sleep problems
  • A Sleep Diary to track sleep
  • Videos and information on sleep disorders
  • Downloadable fact sheets

Where can I access the Path to Better Sleep course?

Visit Path to Better Sleep to start improving your sleep. No registration is required. Access the free resources at any time and place that is convenient for you. My HealtheVet’s Healthy Living Center – Sleep can also help. There’s a self-test for measuring insomnia. You can print out the results to discuss with your health care team before beginning the Path to Better Sleep course.

Stop dreaming about getting a good night’s sleep. Make it a reality with help from VA.

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