Chronic Insomnia and Other Sleep Problems
Insomnia and sleep disorders can be incredibly frustrating and physically taxing conditions; leaving those who suffer from them feeling exhausted, unfocused, and at times irritable. Insomnia symptoms typically begin during a stressful period, but often the symptoms can persist even after the stressor has resolved.
Symptoms of insomnia can include: difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night, waking up too early, not feeling well-rested after a night’s sleep, daytime fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating and trouble staying awake during the day. Insomnia can contribute to distress, increased rates of accidents or errors, and ongoing mood symptoms.
For those who suffer with insomnia and other sleep disorders, I am excited to offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i). CBT-i has been named the front-line treatment for insomnia and sleep problems by the American College of Physicians. This treatment involves working with the body’s natural processes to increase the amount of uninterrupted nighttime sleep. Sleep patterns are regularly evaluated and tracked on sleep logs. Based on this data, I help clients to structure their sleep to capitalize on their natural sleep rhythms to create a more consistent, restful sleep pattern. Research has shown that this treatment is over 80% effective in treating insomnia patients. In clinical studies, CBT-i has been shown to be more effective compared with over the counter and prescription sleep medications.