Insomnia and Sleeping Problems
Difficulty sleeping is something most of us have experienced at some point in our lives. Population surveys show that between 30% and 45% of adults will experience insomnia in any given year. Normally, this is in response to a transient stressor and resolves in time. However, for some, sleeping problems are ongoing. These sleep disorders can be very frustrating and have far reaching effects in a person’s daily life in terms of reduced functioning, impaired quality of life, or interacting with co-existing mental health issues such as depression.
Treatment for Insomnia
You may benefit from treatment with a psychologist if you suffer from symptoms of primary insomnia, where for a month or more you have experienced any of these:
- You have had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep,
- You have not felt rested after sleeping,
- You have become preoccupied or distressed about by your inability to sleep,
- You fall asleep more easily when you are not trying to (eg. while watching tv, reading etc.),
- You feel low in mood, unable to concentrate, fatigued or unmotivated.
Psychological treatments involve identifying the reasons your sleeping problems are persisting, providing education in good sleeping habits or ‘sleep hygiene’, lifestyle changes, relaxation strategies, challenging unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns, and scheduling sleep times if needed.
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Psychologists can provide treatment and support to enable you to recover from sleeping difficulties using evidence based treatments. Medicare assistance may be available to cover most of the costs of your appointments.