What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is difficulty falling or staying asleep or waking not feeling refreshed.
If you have had difficulty sleeping for over a month and it is negatively impacting on your ability to function at work or carry out your daily activities, it may be time to seek treatment.
Insomnia is usually triggered at a time of stress such as a painful injury, losing one’s job, bereavement,or a relationship breakup. However insomnia often persists after the stressful event has resolved.
People experiencing insomnia usually report a combination of difficulty falling asleep and having broken sleep. There are some people who report that they do sleep but it is a light, sleep that is not refreshing.
Chronic insomnia can lower one’s energy, lead to grumpiness and irritability, increase anxiety, and decrease motivation and one’s ability to concentrate.
Other factors of Insomnia
- Having too many caffeinated drinks,
- Drinking alcohol
- Drug abuse
- A side effect of medication( many prescription and over the counter drugs can negatively impact upon your sleep)
- Obstructive or central sleep apnea
- A general medication condition such as e.g. hyperthyroidism, pheochromocytoma, arthritis, cancer, lung disease, Parkinson’s disease
Insomnia may also be a symptom of another mental disorder such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder and generalised anxiety (excessive worrying).
If you have insomnia, consult your doctor as they can establish whether you have any medical conditions which need treatment. Your doctor can refer you to a psychologist if they feel psychological treatment is appropriate for your condition.
Psychological treatment for insomnia may involve
- Keeping a sleep diary
- Practising good sleep hygiene,
- Avoiding stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine
- Regular relaxation practice ( e.g. slow breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation)
- Addressing other psychological problems such as depression and generalized anxiety
Clinical psychologist, Catherine Madigan is able to offer help for insomnia so call now on 03 9819 3671 or 0429 88 3671 or email anxietyaustralia.com.au @gmail.com
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