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Counselling for Sleep Problems
A Sleep Problem/Insomnia is a chronic inability to sleep normally; it affects 10-15% of adults and 20% of children and is more common in women and older adults.
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Who is it for?
Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you frequently wake in the night? Do you
wake early in the morning? Do you have difficulty falling back to sleep once awake?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions you may benefit from some counselling for anger.
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Katie - Fulham“I have struggled with anxiety for years and tried many different things. I had CBT Counselling sessions in Fulham over the course of about a year and I now feel much, much better. I would definitely recommend them to anyone with a problem”.
How It Works?
You will begin by meeting with one of our Psychologist for an initial assessment to discuss the difficulties that you have been having with your sleep and its impact on you. Your Psychologist will also ask you some more general questions about your mood, background, commitments and responsibilities and what you would like to achieve through your counselling. This information will help your Psychologist to design a counselling programme that will meet your specific needs and help you to achieve your particular goals.
Next you will be taught skills to improve your sleep habits referred to as ‘Sleep Hygiene’. This will include some of the following:
- Establish a good sleeping routine by going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time everyday.
- Sleep in a quiet (use ear plugs if necessary), cool, well ventilated and dark room.
- Create a ‘wind down’ routine before going to bed e.g. have a bath, listen to calming music.
- Avoid napping during the day. Instead practice relaxation or deep breathing which have a restorative effect.
- Introduction of a sustainable form of outside exercise (e.g. walking or cycling instead of driving).
- Limit the consumption of nicotine, caffeine and alcohol.
- Make sure you are not too full or hungry at bedtime.
- Challenge worrying thoughts about not getting enough sleep by remembering that we can survive on very little sleep, it is not the lack of sleep that causes us distress and discomfort but the worry about it. An adult needs somewhere between 6-7 hours sleep per night, but this is an average across the weeks, i.e. some nights you can have more others less.
In the majority of cases sleep problems/insomnia are a symptom of another problem so you will then work with your Psychologist to identify this and resolve it. If it is a problem with your mood (e.g. Anxiety, Depression) it is likely that your Psychologist will use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you to tackle this. For other problems for example relationship problems, physical pain, low self esteem, eating disorders, PTSD, OCD, life change/dissatisfaction your Psychologist will use an approach similar to those described on the relevant pages for these problems on this website.
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All of our Psychologists offer counselling for Sleep Problems/Insomnia, click here to view the team.
It is recommended by The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) that hypnotic medication is used in severe cases of Insomnia only and only for a short period of time.
Over the years a number of synonyms have been used to describe Sleep Problems/Insomnia including: agrypnia, ahypnia, ahyposia, anhypnosis.
Should you wish to find out more about Sleep Problems/Insomnia, please check out this article on our blog section