To be unable to sleep is one of life’s worst experiences. Insomnia not only affects your night-time, through disrupted and unsatisfactory sleep, but it has consequences in terms of your quality of life.
People with persistent sleep problems often complain of being slowed down or moody during the day. What is more, they are not the only ones who suffer. Broken sleep can affect partners, children, and our social and working life.
Sleep is not an optional extra in life; it is a fundamental requirement. In fact, you could survive for three times as long without food as you could without sleep. When people are sleep deprived they are not able to function properly during the day. During sleep, tired muscles recover and new proteins are synthesised, but perhaps more importantly our brain undergoes significant rest and repair.
The amount of sleep a person requires varies from person to person.
On average adults, children and babies need the following amounts of sleep.
If your tired during the day then you probably don’t get enough sleep.
The most common causes of insomnia are:
Insomnia usually gets better by changing your sleeping habits.
There are a number of different therapies that work well for insomnia including mindfulness and cognitive behaviour therapy (cbt).
If stress, anxiety, worry, depression or other common problems are causing or contributing to your insomnia then therapy will help you address those issues.
To address you sleeping problems directly it maybe worth keeping a sleep diary, establish new habits and before bed rituals and look at some of the tools and techniques that help people clam a racing mind.
A standard sleep program should take about 6 weeks.
The below is a sample exercise that may help you to put the day at rest. Working with your therapist you should undertake similar exercises.
This exercise will not work for everyone and needs to completed in conjunction with the other do’s and don’t mentioned above. Your therapist should also give you other exercises to complete.
Mindfulness has been found to be useful for helping to stop over worry and a racing mind, it may be worth a try.
Here at Mental Wellness Counselling we use a number of different approaches to help people overcome their insomnia all tailored to your individual requirements. These include mindfulness, sleep hygiene and habits, cognitive behaviour therapy (cbt), and exploration of any contributing factors to your insomnia. We have an excellent success rate
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