Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Or perhaps you can fall asleep easily, but can’t stay asleep? Maybe you are waking up too early. Sometimes, people experience all three problems. Have you noticed that your sleep is causing you problems during your day? You’re tired and want to nap or you may even doze off in the middle of activities that are less stimulating. This may be afternoons at work, or it may be dangerous situations like driving.
Is your lack of sleep is impacting your moods? Do you feel that you’re just not yourself anymore? Is it impacting those around you as well? It’s not uncommon for people who have trouble sleeping to experience anxiety, and have trouble identifying whether anxiety is making it hard to sleep, or sleeping problems are causing anxiety. Usually, the two are mutually reinforcing. The same can be said for depression. People with sleep problems may experience low mood and may lose interest in and enjoyment of the things they used to love. Lack of sleep can also make you moody and irritable, causing you to snap at loved ones. This impacts your relationships, which can make anxiety or depression even worse.
Sleep problems are very common. Almost everyone experiences them at some point in their lives. When you’re having sleep problems, it can seem like you’re alone like you’ve never been: awake in darkness while the rest of the world sleeps. You might feel like you’re never going to be able to sleep again, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You’re not alone. Therapy may help you get control over your sleep. Our team of therapists and psychiatric prescribers can help you figure out the thoughts and behaviors that are disrupting your sleep. You can have sweet dreams again, and wake refreshed and feeling like yourself.
Sleep Affects Your Work & Play
If you have chronic insomnia, you may not remember what life was like before your sleep problems began. On the other hand, even a relatively short time without enough sleep can seem like ages. It can wear you down in body and spirit. The changes in who you are can be drastic. They may seem uncontrollable and irreversible and make you feel desperate. That’s because sleep is so vital to our mental and physical health.
During sleep, your body not only refreshes itself, it performs critical tasks to keep the brain and body healthy and functioning properly. During sleep, the body regulates our metabolism and encodes brain and muscle memories. The brain relieves itself of burdens acquired during the day and prepares itself to take on new tasks.
When you’re not getting the sleep you need, it can impact all aspects of your life. You may find yourself losing focus at work. You may find it hard to learn new tasks, and even old routines may be hard to keep to. You may doze off in an unguarded moment. Even your previously enjoyable work can seem uninteresting, and you may lose sight of your goals.
But the most dramatic impacts may be on your personal life. You may lose interest in things you used to enjoy. Maybe you’re finding yourself getting irritated or angry at people whose company used to bring you joy. You may not even have patience with your loved ones and snap at them inappropriately. It might be tempting to turn to other comforts such as low-energy diversions, food, alcohol, or even drugs. This can exacerbate feelings of anxiety or depression and make it even harder to sleep.
Sleep Therapy Puts in Control Again
As previously mentioned, everyone experiences sleep problems at some point. Usually, it passes, but sometimes it doesn’t. Instead, it can worsen, and you may feel like you’ll never be able to sleep again. But with the help of compassionate, experienced therapists using proven strategies, you may be able to gain control of your problem and find the secret to deep, replenishing sleep again. Our highly trained providers can help you find an effective solution specifically tailored to your needs. For many people, psychotherapy is an effective treatment for sleep problems.
Therapy can help you understand how thoughts and behaviors both contribute to problems such as sleep difficulties. We start by trying to identify the causes of your sleep problems. For example, sleep diaries are often very effective for this. By recording your sleep problems and other events during your day, we can gain insight into why you are restless. Then we can recommend strategies that you can use to overcome the sleep problems. In therapy, you can learn how conditions like anxiety and depression can be disrupting your sleep, how you can head them off, and utilize proven strategies to help you fall asleep faster, wake less frequently, and get back to sleep at night when you do awaken.
When you start getting sleep again, you’ll be surprised at how rapidly life can return to normal. You can be your old self again. You’ll be able to enjoy the people and things you used to love again.
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Sleep therapy looks a little different for everyone, but some things are always the same. We always have the same goal: to get you sleeping so you can be yourself again. Our psychologists and psychiatric prescribers will always treat you with compassion, respect, and empathy. We have a holistic treatment model, and we believe that improving one’s sleep quality and quantity is a fundamental aspect of healing. Please schedule an appointment today to start working toward better sleep and more fulfilling time when you’re awake.
Aren’t sure whether sleep therapy can help you? We can discuss your specific situation and whether therapy or medication might benefit your sleep. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation or your first appointment with one of our specialists through our secure Client Portal or contact us.