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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a newer therapeutic approach to managing Insomnia. ACT for Insomnia helps us achieve improved mental health and sleep by helping us to be more “psychologically flexible.”

Why do we use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Insomnia (ACT-I)?


The condition of insomnia can often become very dominating, getting in the way of other important things such as work or social activities. This can lead us to narrow our focus on it and understandably we make great efforts to fixing it. This can develop as a struggle to sleep, and it is often this struggle itself that can act to maintain our Insomnia. Find out more about how Insomnia develops and why it persists here.

How does ACT-I work?

Using ACT, we help clients to identify some of the thoughts and feelings that are getting in the way of sleep. Rather than challenging these negative thoughts we teach clients to accept and welcome them. The Good Sleep Clinic uses ACT techniques to help clients move away from the effort they are putting into sleep. This can even mean becoming prepared to live with poor sleep. Once we can make this shift into accepting our sleep as it is, we can increase focus on other aspects of our lives. We find that by doing this Insomnia starts to lose its grip. Studies have shown that improving our psychological flexibility in this way, can lead to improvements in our sleep.  

When do we use ACT-I?

We often use ACT-I techniques integrated into a course of more traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). This means that clients can benefit from the most effective techniques of CBT-I but have additional strategies to lessen the brain’s level of activation at night-time. There are some clients for whom a purely CBT approach is not appropriate. Some people have tried this approach prior to being seen at The Good Sleep Clinic and may not have found it useful. Some people find aspects of the treatment more challenging (for instance, getting out of bed in the middle of the night may be particularly difficult for some clients.)

At The Good Sleep Clinic we aim to find out more about your individual journey through sleep problems, what you have tried and your preferred approach during our in-depth assessment.