Managing Sleep Issues

Most people have experienced periods where they have trouble sleeping. While this often is a temporary state, if the situation is persistent or chronic, you may be experiencing a sleep disorder.

Prolonged periods of disordered sleep will have significant effects on your overall well being, both physical and mental. Being deprived of sleep can lead to other mental health issues like depression and anxiety, lack of energy, moodiness and in extreme cases can also lead to psychosis.

Working with your psychologist to manage sleep disorders will help to regain a regular and healthy sleep pattern and to improve your quality of life.

 

Symptoms of Sleep Disorders

Some of the symptoms of sleep issues can include:

  • Prolonged periods of insufficient or poor-quality sleep
  • Short total sleep time (i.e., under 6 hours per night)
  • Prolonged sleep onset latency (i.e., taking more than 30 minutes to fall asleep at night)
  • Delayed circadian rhythm (i.e., going to bed very late and having trouble rising in the morning)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Irritability and sadness
  • Difficulty regulating emotions
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Low energy and motivation
  • Frequent health problems (e.g., headaches, coughs and colds)
  • Psychosis

 

Counselling and Therapeutic Approach

At Eucalyptus Psychology, we have a special interest and experience in treating sleep problems. We will work with you to find the approach that best works for you to address your sleep issues. Cognitive-behaviour therapy for insomnia can be very effective at treating insomnia in young people and adults.