We all have sleepless nights sometime. Things like temporary work stress, jet-lag or too much caffeine can cause a short-term bout of insomnia that will usually resolve itself within a couple of days or weeks. People who suffer from insomnia have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. Symptoms include not feeling well rested during the day, sleepiness, irritability, headaches, digestive problems, trouble concentrating and feelings of anxiety about sleep. When someone experiences insomnia more than three nights a week for at least a month, it can be considered chronic. Chronic insomnia can be influenced by a number of different factors such as pain, ongoing stress, depression or anxiety. A mental health professional can help you identity the root causes of your insomnia and help you find ways to improve the quality of your sleep, including behavioral and lifestyle changes.
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Sleep issues can increase the risk of other health conditions. It also affects moods, attention, appetite and behaviors. Working in primary care provided me the experience to share evidence based recommendations on how to improve sleep.
I have helped hundreds of individuals to improve their sleep. We take a practical, solution oriented approach, assessing the wide variety of factors that may be contributing to your specific sleep difficulties, then addressing those factors according to your needs. Emotional support, relaxation skills, sleep hygiene, dietary, lifestyle, environmental and other solutions may be explored.
Insomnia is often one of the biggest problems that bring my clients who have experienced distressing events or stress to therapy. A common intervention I use involves helping clients develop a sleep hygiene routine with tools that promote relaxation and sleep. Restful, restorative sleep is necessary and it the often the first symptom I help clients tackle.
At THRIVE, we believe in the power of sleep and have formed a knowledgeable team of sleep treatment providers who practice gold-standard interventions that improve sleep. In fact, recent guidelines by the American Medical Association designate CBT for Insomnia as the first-line treatment for insomnia. We also treat CPAP difficulties and recurrent nightmares using evidence-based protocols.
Neurofeedback affects the underlying rythyms of the brain, allowing the sleep cycle to normalize. It can also decrease anxiety to allow the client to \'turn off\' intrusive thoughts that get in the way of relaxation.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (cbt-i) is an evidence based, six- to eight-session treatment that quite simply helps people achieve more satisfactory sleep. I have been extensively trained in this modality, and also help patients with CPAP machines increase their tolerance and improve adherence to treatment plans. You can learn the tools to sleep well without medications!
A combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and Biofeedback can help you get back on track and sleep well again.