Insomnia and sleep disturbances explained
Someone who is suffering from insomnia sleep disorder, needs help sleeping or suffer from the inability to stay asleep for long periods of time. It is a common problem around the world and two questions can narrow it down if you exhibit symptoms. Do you wake up multiple times at night? Is falling asleep difficult?.
Insomnia can affect anyone at any time, although adult females are more commonly affected than males. Insomnia can also be the cause of other serious issues such as eating disorders and intense emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety. You should seek out sleep therapy when you experience tiredness during the day, even after a long period of sleep, and you struggle to focus or carry out everyday tasks.
Our approach to treating insomnia and sleep disturbances
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an effective sleep therapy to help with insomnia. Feelings such as worry, anxiousness, fear or panic can be mild, moderate or severe. The emotions of panic and anxiety can be constant, long-term and can affect people’s daily life.
We take a holistic approach when treating insomnia – often blending therapies together – so that each client is put on the best course of action. This is called integrative counselling. When clients come to us with a plan of what is needed, we always suggest that we discuss the options first so we can reach a joint decision about what would be most effective.
With sleep therapy for insomnia, it is important that the client realises there is a problem or – more than one problem. Insomnia is often a symptom of other or more severe psychological disorders, such as anxiety or panic attacks.
Some issues are more severe than others. And some are more complex than initially thought. We are accommodating and will suggest changes to any agreed programme if we think that would be better for you.
It may be that we recommend Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT for insomnia.
Whatever we agree, our service is confidential and discreet. We never disclose the names of our clients or talk about them to third parties. Although we have included on this website comments from clients, none of them includes the client’s full name or exact location.
We help individuals, couples and groups of any age, including children and young adults. Many of our clients are in their 30s and 40s, when life can be particularly overbearing, but our emotions can be challenging at any age and stage of life.
With CBT for insomnia, private one-to-one counselling is usually what happens. On occasions, we may have a counselling group of adults or a counselling group of young people.
People who seek help to sleep can also be taught about stimulus control. This aims to limit the time and activities in the bedroom such as, getting out of bed in the morning after a set time of being awake, or to only go to bed when you are feeling sleepy.
If you would like to find out if we could help you, we invite you to contact us.