Do you have difficulty falling asleep?
Do you frequently wake in the night?
Do you wake early in the morning?
Do you have difficulty falling back to sleep once awake?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions you may benefit from our counselling services for sleep issues.
How To Overcome Sleep Problems
You will begin by meeting with one of our Psychologist for an initial assessment to discuss the difficulties that you have been having with your sleep and its impact on you. Your Therapist will also ask you some more general questions about your mood, background, commitments and responsibilities and what you would like to achieve through your counselling. This information will help your Therapist to design a treatment programme that will meet your specific needs and help you to achieve your particular goals.
Next you will be taught skills to improve your sleep habits referred to as ‘Sleep Hygiene’. This will include some of the following:
In the majority of cases sleep problems or insomnia are a symptom of another problem so you will then work with your Therapist to identify this and resolve it. If it is a problem with your mood (e.g. Anxiety, Depression) it is likely that your Therapist will use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you to tackle this. For other problems for example relationship problems, physical pain, low self esteem, eating disorders, PTSD, OCD, life change/dissatisfaction your Therapist will use an approach similar to those described on the relevant pages for these problems on this website.
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It is recommended by The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) that hypnotic medication is used in severe cases of Insomnia only and only for a short period of time.
Over the years a number of synonyms have been used to describe Sleep Problems/Insomnia including: agrypnia, ahypnia, ahyposia, anhypnosis.