Having a hard time sleeping is a very common issue that most people can relate to. Some people struggle with sleep right from childhood and can remember being told by their parents that they were never “good sleepers.” Others experience issues with sleep following a stressful or traumatic event in their life. Then for some issues with sleep just seem to come out of nowhere.
However people with insomnia all have the same thing in common – they are not sleeping well and things don’t seem to be getting any better anytime quick.
The medical standards for a true insomnia diagnosis are….
- Difficulty getting to sleep, staying sleep, or waking up too early (or if sleep is chronically non-restorative or poor quality)
- These problems with sleep happen even when all the right circumstances are present (i.e. a dark, quiet room & no need to be anywhere for a period of time).
- These problems happen at least 3 nights per week and have become chronic (over 4 weeks).
- These issues are not better accounted for by a different sleep disorder.
- The issues with sleep cause problems for the person during the day, including at least one of the following:
Problems with attention, concentration or memory
Social problems / work-related problems / poor school performance
Mood disturbance or irritability
Reduced motivation, energy, or initiative
Proneness for errors
Accidents at work or while driving
Tension, headaches, or gastrointestinal symptoms in response to sleep loss
Concerns or worries about sleep
One more item to add to this list would be dependence on sleep medication. You may be sleeping fine, but only if you continue taking sleep medications (which were never supposed to be a long-term solution).
Here’s the Good News
If you believe you suffer from insomnia then there is good news for you – there is an effective, medication-free treatment available. The science of sleep medicine has developed many tools over time. One of these tools is a natural approach to treating insomnia called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI).
You can read more about CBTI here or set up an appointment to get help by sending me a confidential message below: