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Are You Having Trouble Sleeping?
Do you have sleep difficulties that are starting to affect your day-to-day life? At Eddins Counseling, we know that healthy sleep is an essential part of our overall well-being. And with treatment of insomnia, you can overcome stressors keeping you awake and get a restful night’s sleep that will restore your energy and ability to live the life you want.
Do you have sleep difficulties that are starting to affect your day-to-day life?
At Eddins Counseling, we know that healthy sleep is an essential part of our overall well-being. And with treatment of insomnia, you can overcome stressors keeping you awake and get a restful night’s sleep that will restore your energy and ability to live the life you want.
Effects of Insomnia Symptoms
Not getting enough restful sleep can affect your mood, concentration, and your ability to perform at your highest level. Even the anticipation of not being able to rest can cause worry and dread, making falling asleep even harder.
So you may feel more irritable, anxious, or depressed on a daily basis. As a result, you may be developing unhealthy coping mechanisms or taking sleep medicine to cope, which isn’t really solving your problem. Your daytime functioning is not at its peak.
Or you could be experiencing physical health problems, including headaches, digestive issues, chronic pain, or high-blood pressure that have given you a reason to reach out for help.
Over time, problems with sleep can become a sleep disorder.
If disruptive sleep patterns continue, other health issues may develop. Your immune system could become weakened and your body may not be able to do the normal repair work it usually does during sleep. The health benefits of sleep therapy are numerous.
However, if you find yourself falling asleep during the day and can’t keep your eyes open, you may have a medical condition such as sleep apnea. Your doctor can evaluate you through a sleep study.
If You’re Struggling With Insomnia, You’re Not Alone
Sleep issues are a common condition, especially if there is a lot of apprehension about a future event or stress in a person’s life. But when you constantly feel so wired and tired that you can’t even function well, you may be experiencing symptoms of insomnia.
Up to 33% of adults are estimated to have chronic insomnia. It can commonly occur alongside mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. And can heighten the symptoms of each of these conditions.
Anyone can experience insomnia. We live in such a highly stimulating, fast-paced culture that shutting down our thoughts at the end of the day can be nearly impossible. Increased dependence upon technology and digital devices furthers over-stimulation and lack of sleep.
Worrying about getting a good night’s rest can further reinforce trouble falling asleep.
Fortunately, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) can help you get quality sleep.
With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, You Can Experience Restful Sleep
Working with a cognitive behavioral therapist who specializes in insomnia treatment could help you normalize your sleeping patterns in as little as 2 to 4 weeks.
We’ll work to develop a strategy and plan—based on your unique situation—to treat insomnia and help you wake up refreshed.
With CBT-I we can look at the thoughts, habits, and stressors that started impacting your sleep in the first place. We’ll assess what kind of sleep disturbances you’re experiencing. Then, we’ll follow a structured program to help identify thoughts and behaviors that are perpetuating the problem. We’ll make sure that we understand all the symptoms of your insomnia so we can get to the root of what’s causing it.
By doing a thorough assessment, we’ll ensure that your treatment plan is specific to what you’re going through. You will have an active role throughout this process by keeping track of your sleep habits, alcohol and caffeine consumption in a sleep diary. Then experimenting with new sleep behaviors throughout the next 6 to 10 sessions.
We’ll help to break the cycle of poor sleep and start to reset your biological clock and circadian rhythm.
Sleep Therapy is Your First Step
We’ll use different strategies to quiet the overactive mind, manage worry, and increase your body’s natural ability to sleep soundly.
- Relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation and relaxation training will help you manage worry and thoughts that keep you up.
- Sleep hygiene strategies may include sleep restriction or reducing time in bed to restore sleep drive, sleep quality and sleep quantity.
- Cognitive restructuring can help with anxiety about falling or staying asleep.
Initially, you may experience less hours of sleep, but greater sleep quality. As your circadian rhythm restores and your sleep habits remain consistent, hours of sleep can increase.
Treatment of Insomnia FAQ's
Sleep problems can manifest in different ways. People with insomnia typically experience:
- Difficulty falling asleep, or sleep onset insomnia
- Difficulty staying asleep - frequently waking up throughout the night, or middle insomnia or
- Waking up too early, or terminal insomnia.
Goals of sleep therapy are to improve sleep maintenance, reduce sleep latency (ie., the time it takes to fall asleep), and extend sleep times.
Maintaining consistent sleep and wake times can help with primary insomnia.
Research has shown CBT for insomnia to be an effective treatment of sleep disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is recognized as the first line of treatment for insomnia and chronic sleep problems.
You may have already invested in sleeping pills, sleep medication or other alternative methods to combat insomnia and realized that they haven’t been effective. Or you’re concerned about dependence or health risks of sleep medicine.
Once you start to figure out a method that works for you, you won’t have to waste time or money on resources that are ineffective.
If CBT-I is not effective after the full 6-10 sessions, your next step would be to consult a medical professional about alternate options or underlying medical conditions.
When we do your initial assessment, we can help you determine if you can overcome insomnia with new sleep behaviors or if medical treatment would be the best first step. Conditions such as shift work, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea are best treated medically.
When you start seeing results and sleeping better, you’ll regain the time you’ve been losing to unhealthy sleeping patterns. Plus, we offer online therapy and sessions can be done from the convenience of your home or office, allowing you greater freedom, comfort, and flexibility in scheduling appointments. Treating chronic insomnia can impact both your physical and mental health in significant ways.
Insomnia may be the single biggest contributor to your exhaustion. Therapy can help you recoup that energy by finding a sleep program that works for you. Because our sleep therapy sessions can be done from home, you simply need access to a phone or computer. One of the obstacles to healing insomnia is certainly a lack of energy. But with our help, you can finally get improved sleep and wake up feeling renewed, refreshed, and recharged.
Let Us Help You Enjoy A Restful Night’s Sleep
Start learning healthy sleep habits and begin sleeping well again. Reach out below to get started with sleep therapy.
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