Are You Frustrated And Exhausted From A Lack Of Restful Sleep?
Do you often struggle to get to sleep? Does the thought of yet another restless night cause frustration and anxiety? You may be unsure how to fall asleep when your mind is racing, when you’re anxious, or when you’re not feeling tired. On the other hand, perhaps you fall asleep relatively quickly but find yourself inexplicably waking up in the middle of the night.
Does nightly insomnia dictate your daily schedule? Despite your good intentions to wake up early, do late nights often force you to cancel or reschedule your plans (or to take unscheduled naps)? If you’re chronically tired, getting through your chores or making it through work may be a daily struggle.
Are your sleep problems affecting your mood or relationships? If you’ve been feeling unmotivated or depressed, you may be falling behind on your responsibilities or withdrawing from those closest to you. If you’ve also been experiencing anxiousness and irritability, your mood swings may have further distanced you from loved ones.
The inability to sleep well can negatively impact every area of your life. Fortunately, sleep problems are easier to solve than you might realize. With the help of a trained sleep therapist, you can begin to enjoy the many benefits of a solid night’s rest.
For Millions Of People, Sleep Is Elusive
According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one in three people report some form of sleep disruption, including difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping deeply enough. In addition, one in ten say it affects their daytime functioning. Despite its prevalence, though, remarkably few people recognize how treatable insomnia is or understand the science behind good vs. poor sleep hygiene.
Bad sleep habits aren’t developed intentionally; in fact, many of them are built into our culture. The modern obsession with productivity can decrease the time available for rest and cause anxiety and depression. Long working hours can also encourage an unhealthy “feast or famine” sleeping pattern (deprivation during the week followed by sleeping in during weekends).
Moreover, many Americans finish their day in front of the television or with a device in their hands despite how the exposure to artificial light can impact sleep quality. Because no one has ever offered them helpful alternatives, many people adopt desperate strategies, like binge watching TV or drinking late into the night, unaware that these coping mechanisms typically hurt more than they help.
Considering the prevalence of sleep medication advertisements and the absence of public information on how to fall asleep naturally, many people assume that poor sleep is unavoidable—and treatable only with pharmaceuticals. But what you may not know is that sleep therapy can actually help you overcome insomnia, both quickly and without side effects, allowing you to move through life with greater energy and enthusiasm.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: The Most Effective Treatment For Insomnia
The consensus among sleep scientists is that there is no better treatment than cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT). The techniques associated with CBT—such as stimulus control, sleep restriction, sleep hygiene, and relaxation training—may be, in fact, more effective than medication, all without the long-term side effects or expense.
We offer a four-session treatment program that can teach you how to fall asleep quickly and how to stay asleep longer, thanks to our evidence-based interventions. Some of the sleep hygiene tips our sleep therapist may suggest, such as spending less time in bed, can seem counterintuitive. But we’ll give you the confidence needed to implement our strategies by helping you to understand their scientific rationale.
We’ll likewise help you recognize how some of your sleep habits only mask the symptoms of your sleep problems rather than address the cause. For example, many people find that alcohol helps them fall asleep, without understanding how it can also cause early waking. Similarly, many people rely on digital entertainment to help them slow down their mind at night without recognizing how detrimental it is to stare at a screen right before bedtime.
To help you tackle the complicating factors—like a restless mind or persistent anxiety—that can lead to unhelpful habits, we’ll teach you sleep-friendly ways to relax both your body and your mind. By rooting out the causes of your insomnia, we can strip away the barriers between you and a good night’s rest, allowing you to fall asleep with ease.
Our sessions are custom-tailored to you. We firmly believe that while we are the experts on good sleep, you are the expert on your day-to-day life and your own needs. So we’ll listen compassionately to any concerns you have about your treatment plan and brainstorm practical adjustments that work for you. Within just a few sessions, we can help you take the frustration out of your nightly routine and live each day with greater energy, sociability, and emotional resiliency.
As you consider cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, you might be wondering. . .
Will sleep therapy really work?
If you commit to your treatment plan, yes. Our tools and techniques aren’t based on wishful thinking or hearsay; they are based on scientifically validated biological and psychological principles. Most people we’ve worked with who have adhered to our recommendations experience significant improvement. Changing your sleep behaviors may require some open-mindedness and effort on your part, but as long as you communicate to us any challenges you may have, we can work with you to solve them. We will also provide emotional support and encouragement every step of the way.
Do I have time for this?
Our insomnia treatment program involves only four sessions and can be completed in as little as six weeks. You can complete each session from the comfort of your home or office via our secure, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platform. Evening appointments are available, so you can complete your treatments with minimal disruption to your daily routine.
What if, during my treatment, you uncover an underlying condition, such as clinical depression, chronic anxiety, or childhood trauma?
Cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective tool for treating insomnia even when it occurs alongside other conditions, including medical ones. That said, if you do have a co-occurring mental health issue, we may recommend additional sessions with one of our therapists specializing in that area. In cases of sleep apnea or other medical conditions, we can refer you to a physician specializing in sleep disorders.
No One Should Have To Live With Insomnia
Our talented sleep therapist has been successfully treating insomnia sufferers throughout North Carolina for more than 10 years. We’re confident we can deliver insomnia relief to every one of our clients, and we would look forward to helping you experience the life-changing effects of better sleep.