Sleep Problems

Sleep problems  may present as insomnia, night time waking or nightmares. Insomnia refers to a significant difficulty falling or staying asleep, or both. People can find themselves lying awake in bed for long periods of time with their mind racing and worrying about the consequences of not falling sleep. This can lead them to feel anxious and tense, which makes it even harder to fall asleep. People with insomnia typically report poor quality sleep and not feeling refreshed when they wake up in the morning.

The origins of persistent sleep disturbances can include worry, anxiety, fear, guilt, depression, and relationship difficulties. So, it is not unexpected that many people seeking therapy for issues with their daily lives also have sleep problems. A therapist can assist in identifying the root causes of sleep-related issues and assist in re-establishing healthy sleep patterns. This may entail enhancing the client’s “sleep hygiene,” such as night rituals, as well as addressing the problems that are contributing to their stress.

Psychological therapies are an effective way to help with sleep problems. In particular Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) has been shown to be effective in the treatment of insomnia.

Several of our therapists can help with sleep problems.