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Sleep is a pillar of health and if you have ever experienced sleepless nights or non-restorative sleep, you can easily recognize why. Our bodies depend on good quality sleep for healthy energy, immune function, cognition, moods, and just about every other process in the body. Many of our patients with cancer experience some type of insomnia (trouble falling or staying asleep) or sleep disturbance (low quality or non-restorative sleep) during and/or after their treatments, which can be exhausting and frustrating, knowing how critical good sleep is for optimal health. In fact, this is the most common concern our patients bring up during their appointments.

This 6-week, online program is designed to help support people struggling with sleep concerns, including non-restorative sleep and insomnia. Our integrative approach incorporates multiple non-pharmaceutical strategies based on the latest research including CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia). These can either act alone or compliment current treatments that you may be receiving. Sessions are 90 minutes in length and are held on an entirely virtual platform, via Zoom.

This program is provided by Registered Psychotherapist, Dianne Wright, who is available for ongoing support through our psychotherapy program should you wish additional one on one care. Dianne has completed additional training and certification in the use of CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia)

This is a no-cost program, generously funded by AquaOmega, is open to all active (within one year) ICC clinic patients with cancer.

When: Thursdays, February 16 - March 23, 7:00-8:30pm

Where: Program will be live, online, via Zoom, registration is required. Note that video participation is not mandatory.

During this webinar you will learn:

Week 1 - Sleep education
Learn about sleep, CBT-I, naturopathic and psychotherapeutic response to sleep disturbance and set program expectations.

Week 2 - Creating a personalized sleep plan
Identify insomnia triggers and create your treatment plan.

Week 3 - Assessment and next steps
Discuss any new obstacles or barriers and change plan to meet your needs.

Week 4 - Learning to calm the mind and addressing nighttime worries
Learn mindfulness-based, cognitive exercises to manage intrusive or unhelpful thought patterns, focused strategies to cope with thoughts keeping you awake, trauma related responses, as well as tools to ease nervous system activation.

Week 5 - The importance of sleep hygiene
The what and how of a good night’s sleep by establishing guidelines to support your body clock.

Week 6 - Goals, adjustments and maintaining your gains
Reflect on your progress and solidify a long-term plan that allows for flexibility and adaptability. Learn ways to use kindness and self-compassion to support change as our health needs require.