Suffering with a few difficult sleepless nights due to stress is not a sign of a sleep problem. A sleep disorder is a condition that frequently impacts your ability to get enough quality sleep, leaving you feeling exhausted or consistently sleepy during the day. The most common sleep disorders include; insomnia, Sleep Pena, Narcolepsy, Restless leg syndrome and Circadian disorders. If you struggle with sleep problems it will most likely have noticeable impact on your daily functioning and lifestyle.
Main Sleep Problems
Getting to sleep – This is commonly known as Insomnia which is the inability to get to sleep or sleep well at night, or this may include having difficulties with sleeping at the normal hours for sleep an finding yourself eating to sleep during waking hours/ day time.
Staying asleep – Having trouble falling asleep, which can be a due to making up several times during the night and having difficulties going back to sleep, or waking up much earlier than desired.
Quality of Sleep – Always feeling tired regardless of how much sleep you get and frequently having restless nights.
Sleep routine – Your sleep routine is inconsistent to normal sleeping hours and patterns, you may find yourself sleeping when it’s time to be awake and wide awake when it’s time to sleep.
Signs of Sleep Problems
- Finding it difficult to fall asleep at nights.
- Waking up several times during the night.
- Light sleeping, the ned for daily naps.
- Lack of energy and constant daytime fatigue.
- Feeling exhausted despite sleeping for many hours.
- Problems with concentrating.
How Therapy can help
Therapy can be a safe space for you to speak about how you are feeling and identify any underlying issues which are affecting your sleeping patterns. Your Therapist will help support you in identifying the cause of your sleep problems and support you in developing sleep hygiene and management techniques, to help develop a healthy sleep pattern.