R.E.S.T. stands for Routine, Environment, Stimulation Control and Thinking, and has been developed as a second generation Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi).
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi) has evolved over the last 40 years into the most widely respected and highly regarded treatment for insomnia across the developed world. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK recommend CBTi as the first-line treatment for the management of insomnia. However, pre-existing CBTi treatments can lack sophistication in the assessment of clients with insomnia and so generally provide a ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatment approach.
R.E.S.T uses the well-established efficacious treatment elements of CBTi. However, the R.E.S.T. programme improves upon traditional CBTi by providing a detailed and comprehensive assessment procedure, informing bespoke treatment, which is tailored to each client’s specific sleep problems.
The personalised treatment provided to each client is specific to them; avoiding unwarranted treatment and focusing only on the factors relevant to the client. As such, the programme is more likely to improve adherence and compliance. It is also less cumbersome in terms of delivery, making the approach more efficient and cost-effective than previous first-generation CBTi.