Insomnia is a global burden. Cognitive behavioural therapy models to treat pathological sleeplessness have significant effect sizes, hence the common recommendation of CBT-I. Akin to this approach, the present article presents a novel model which relates to the broader spectrum of sleep disorders and involves music- and arts-specific health benefits such as (i) vocal rituals as soothing sleep cues and means to make irritating cognitions fade, (ii) control of sleepiness and inappropriate daytime naps through music-based martial arts techniques, (iii) voice- and movement-based relaxation and psychosomatic re-balancing, as well as profound music immersion and music-induced altered states of consciousness, (iv) arts-based psychotherapy to cope with pathological factors, such as nightmare objects and (v) psychoeducation to understand the benefits of the arts for healthy sleep. Cultural features of sleep habits, differences between fact-to-face and online practices, individualised arts-based CBT and the multidimensional healing power of the arts are discussed and encourage further research to optimise both personalised and standardised arts-based cognitive behavioural therapy in sleep medicine and public health.
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