All About Insomnia and How to Overcome it with Psychological Therapy & Counselling
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is the medical name for the inability to sleep.
It may be that you have difficulty in getting to sleep or getting enough sleep.
Sleep is something everybody needs and it plays a vital role in both our physical and mental health.
A good night’s sleep allows our brain to process the information collected through the day and if we are deprived of sleep we can suffer real physical problems.
Moreover, sleep deprivation has been used as an effective means of torture by those practicing such things.
As well as making you feel tired, the lack of sleep can lead to physical illness and increase your risk of heart disease and obesity.
Mentally, not getting enough sleep can lead to anxiety and can make it hard for you to concentrate.
The most common symptoms associated with insomnia include:
Difficulty falling asleep: Finding it hard to fall asleep at night despite feeling tired.
Waking up frequently during the night: Waking up multiple times during the night and having difficulty falling back asleep.
Waking up too early: Waking up too early in the morning and not being able to fall back asleep.
Daytime sleepiness: Feeling tired or fatigued during the day, and having difficulty concentrating or staying alert.
Mood disturbances: Feeling irritable, anxious, or depressed due to lack of sleep.
Reduced performance at work or school: Difficulty performing tasks or making decisions due to lack of sleep.
Increased accidents or errors: Increased risk of accidents or errors due to lack of sleep and impaired cognitive function.
Physical symptoms: Headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and other physical symptoms can also be caused by insomnia.
Expriencing these symptoms on a regular basis and for longer than three months indicates a long-term insomnia problem.
However, having some of these symptoms now and again is perfectly normal and your sleep should return to normal over time.
Environmental stresses, worrying about paying bills or debts, getting to bed at irregular times and a whole range of other factors can also lead to disrupted sleep.
You can read about some of the other known causes of insomnia below.
What Causes Insomnia?
The most commonly known causes of Insomnia include:
- A noisy environment.
- A bedroom that is too hot or too cold.
- An uncomfortable bed or mattress.
- Stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine.
- Recreational drugs such as cocaine.
- Working on shifts.
- Chronic pain conditions.
Additionally, there is evidence that using your smartphone just before you go to bed can disrupt your circardian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle) due to the blue light emitted by your phone.
For this resaon, the National Sleep Foundation recommend not watching the TV or using smartphones for at least 30 minutes before going to sleep.
Therapy & Counselling for Insomnia
We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for insomnia and sleep-related problems.
Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:
- How long you have had the problem.
- Your personal preferences.
- How your problem is affecting you today.
You can read more about the different types of therapy for sleep problems on the following links:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia
- Counselling for Sleep Problems
- Pluralistic Therapy for Insomnia
Although all therapies use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.
Research suggests that this therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.
The Behaviour Change Framework
All of our insomnia counselling sessions and programmes use the Behaviour Change Framework (BCF).
This scientifically proven protocol defines the stages of behaviour change that you need to go through in order to achieve long lasting and sustainable change.
The framework provides a roadmap that indicates if more change is required before entering the next phase of mental health therapy.
In this way, we are able to ensure that you get the best possible level of support in overcoming your mental health problems as well preventing early termination of therapy.
You can read more about the Science of Change here.
Arrange your FREE initial consultation here.
During this consultation we will discuss your particular issues and the different types of mental health counselling we offer without you having to commit to any counselling going forward.
The consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet with either Paul or Joan and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.
Links to More Information
These links take you to other resources on the web.
Applied Psychology Solutions
If you’d like to learn how to overcome your insomnia problems but dislike the idea of having “therapy”, then why not learn how to change the way you make sense of your experiences with the CORE Programme.
If you believe that your problems are the result of what has happened to you and not because there is something wrong with you, then this is the solution you’ve been looking for.
Not Ready to Commit to Therapy Quite Yet?
Then why not see if you can solve your own problems using our comprehensive, Online Self-Help CBT course.
Written especially for people who prefer not to engage with a therapist before doing everything they can to overcome their problems.
Mirroring our in-house course of CBT, it contains everything that you need to know to tackle mental health challenges for only £149.
How About Hypnotherapy?
There are numerous ways to overcome and cope with mental health problems and Hypnotherapy is an increasingly popular approach.
If you’d like to find out more about Hypnotherapy for Insomnia then click here to visit our sister website Wolverhampton Hypnotherapy.
We offer counselling for insomnia problems for people living in:
- West Midlands
- South Staffordshire
You can also access our services around the World using online therapy with Paul.