Counselling for Insomnia, Insomnia Psychotherapy, Sleep Therapy - Sleep Problems, Sleep Disorders, Poor Sleep, Lack Of Sleep
Problems Sleeping, Insomnia, Sleep Deprivation & Sleep Disorders
Quality Sleep When we sleep well it provides a restorative process for lost energy. Good quality sleep allows our brain to properly rest, repair damaged tissues and can enhance our wellbeing, digestion, alertness, concentration and impacts upon our mood. If we lack sleep this can also affect our level of anxiety, irritability & mental fatigue. Our sleep problems can be episodic or chronic, affecting our wellbeing & quality of life, not just at night, but during the day as if we are a zombie affecting our concentration, productivity, moods, irritability & energy levels, yet for some our heightened energy levels, elevated moods may mean we need less sleep.
Sleep Problems Some of us may simply be susceptible to sleep problems, have a sleep deficit, yet others not. Causes of insomnia are not fully known. There may be medical reasons for why we have sleep problems, which we may need to check out. Certain hormones are said to affect our sleep. During menopause we may struggle to get off to sleep or frequently wake up. Levels of melatonin, serotonin, stress, fear & anxiety often affect our sleep, and this can become circular, because when we are tired, exhausted, or don't get enough sleep, our ability to manage stress reduces. The harder we try to sleep or worry we won't sleep, the more difficult it may become. How we look after our body, work life balance, many lifestyle factors, including any addictions, (and technology overuse) may affect our ability to sleep well. The quality of our sleep declines with our age. Some people may have sleeping problems, having not enough sleep or too much sleep and there may be a biological component to our sleep problems. Internalising our feelings, depression, anxiety and trauma may also directly affect our sleep loss. The therapy may include seeing what else might lay behind your sleep problems.
Insomnia counselling, insomnia psychotherapy, insomnia therapy - sleep therapy for sleep problems, sleep deprivation, lack of sleep, sleep issues, sleep disorders
Disturbed Sleep & Insomnia Sleep disruption can come in many forms. Having a problem sleeping, we may lay awake at night anxious about things now or in the future. We may have trouble getting off to sleep, problems staying asleep or disturbed sleep - experiencing insomnia, over-stimulated. Ruminating about things, we may have difficulties relaxing our mind, clearing our head, letting go, soothing ourself. We may become depressed. We may be waking up in the middle of the night, thinking or worrying about things (e.g. work, relationships). Waking earlier than we need to may also be a problem. When awake we may be on automatic pilot or hyper-alert, and our sleep deprivation may affect our physical health, emotions, moods, energy levels & concentration. Through our disruptive sleep patterns, we may lack vitality, including our sexual vitality, become sluggish, weary & apathetic. Our relationships & work may suffer. The counselling & psychotherapy can support you in overcoming any stress-related insomnia.
Getting Off To Sleep, Problems Getting Up Some of us may struggle to get up in the morning. Others struggle to get off to sleep or have a lack of sleep. We may have developed sleeping patterns over time, which are hard to break, and are now seeking sleep help. Some may struggle to let go, soothe ourself, utilise our imagination. We may have trouble stilling our monkey mind with all its inner chatter. Obsessing about things, mulling things over, our thoughts may race ahead. The harder we try to sleep (and trying not to try) the more counterproductive this seems to become. Aroused, we may find it difficult to close down. We may stay up late, put sleep off. We may use alcohol as a sedation to help get us off to sleep, or for our insomnia, which can turn out to be counterproductive, especially if we have problems waking up in the morning.
Delaying Going To Sleep Some of us don't care very much about sleep - stopping ourselves from going to sleep, avoiding going to bed, yet pay the consequences. Sleep deprivation may result. Not wanting the day to end we may put sleeping off, knowing we are doing this, yet can't stop. Putting things off, including our sleep, or struggles getting up in the morning, may be linked to our procrastination. We may find it hard to switch off & let go, saying "I'll go to bed in a minute - I'll just do this one thing". Besides, we may enjoy our own space & time, with no intrusions (even relieved when others go to bed before us or the freedom that no one is telling us to go to sleep). In spite of our age, staying up for some may have a rebellious edge, yet inside we may be struggling with our loneliness. For others it can be as if we are waiting to be told, or given kind permission to go to bed or arise in the morning, struggling to compassionately do this for ourselves.
Actions In Our Sleep All sorts of actions may occur when we are sleeping (e.g. we may hit out at our bed fellow in our sleep, unaware we are doing this). These actions may also be explored in the sleep therapy.
Insomnia counselling, insomnia psychotherapy & insomnia therapy - sleep therapy for oversleeping, sleep deprivation, lack of sleep, disturbed sleep, sleep disorders and other sleep problems
Oversleeping Some of us may actually sleep more than we need to & can even become depressed. Too much sleep can be a problem for some people and counselling for sleep problems explore this further.
Insomnia counselling, insomnia psychotherapy, insomnia therapy - sleep therapy for poor sleep, disturbed sleep, sleep deprivation, lack of sleep, sleeping disorders
Counselling & psychotherapy can help us see what is happening about our sleep patterns, investigating other options, alongside any unhelpful attitudes, beliefs about sleeping and what helps us let go, relax into sleep, relax our body, mind and feel refreshed. Regarding your specific sleep problems we may also look at other factors, such as:
- Any health problems
- Any initial triggers in not sleeping well, e.g. depression, trauma, bereavement, redundancy
- Being overly focused on work, effects of shift work
- Pressures of daily living
- Your sleeping history
- Your specific struggles in getting off to sleep
- Your sleeping environment
- Your sleeping patterns & rituals
- What helps you unwind, relax
- What disturbs you at night
- What simple changes could be made
- Your lifestyle
- Your medication, alcohol, sexual life
- Eating lighter meals, earlier
- How you wind down, relax & how you don't (especially before you go to bed), including what happens in your body
- Your sleeping regimes e.g. computer, telephone, TV, etc turned off one hour before bed time
- Your emotional life
- What you tell yourself - your thoughts & beliefs
- Filtering your thoughts
- Calming your racing mind
- Trusting yourself that it's OK to switch off
- What you do with your imagination
- Your dreams
- If we sleep with a partner - how the issues of space, intimacy, etc. affect our sleep
- What helps us feel safe and let go of what we need to let go of
- What soothes you
- What else is happening in your life
- What gives us peace of mind
- The role of our conscious, unconscious selves