Sleep is incredibly important to both physical and mental wellbeing. In a research study, a group of people who experienced ongoing symptoms of depression were able to significantly reduce or eliminate their symptoms when they got appropriate amounts of sleep. Insomnia refers to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Individuals suffering from insomnia often experience one or more of the following:
- fatigue throughout the day,
- low energy,
- irritability at home and at work
- difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and
- decreased performance at work or at school
- impulse eating
Poor sleep is a common problem among adults, with approximately 30 of the population complaining of sleep disruption. About 10% of adults experience chronic insomnia. Staying awake too long, waking up frequently during the night, and arising too early are just some of the problems associated with sleep. Most people require about 7 to 8.5 hours of sleep per night to feel refreshed in the morning; however, some only require 5-6 hours of sleep. Just one night of “bad sleep” does not mean you have chronic insomnia. People with insomnia experience higher levels of distress and physical complaints, such as tension headaches and gastrointestinal problems.
What Causes Insomnia?
Insomnia can result from many factors. Medications (e.g. antidepressants, cold and flu medications, high blood pressure medication, pain relievers with caffeine) are often to blame for insomnia. Lack of magnesium can also be a factor. Certain medical conditions, such as allergies, chronic pain, or asthma, can trigger insomnia. Psychological problems, especially depression or anxiety, can negatively impact sleep quality. Additionally, our lifestyle choices have a significant impact on our sleep. Eating certain foods, drinking alcohol and caffeine, and not keeping to a regular sleep routine are just some behaviors that may lead to insomnia.
Natural Insomnia Treatment
Cheryl Turner specializes in treating insomnia naturally. She will help you to identify the causes of your sleep problems and develop a personalized treatment plan. One of the first steps in treatment is to conduct a thorough assessment to uncover the causes of your sleep difficulties. A comprehensive plan can then be developed to treat your sleep problems.
Cheryl uses cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), lifestyle analysis, and hypnosis to treat insomnia, which are all non-medication treatments for sleep problems. Numerous research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of these therapies to treat insomnia. Treatments address the thoughts and behaviors that keep you from sleeping well and help you learn new strategies to sleep better. Insomnia therapy can include techniques for stress reduction, relaxation, and sleep schedule management. Establishing good sleep hygiene, which is a set of bedtime habits and rituals that you do every night to improve your sleep, is an essential part of treatment. Improved sleep can be achieved within a minimal amount of sessions. Working with Cheryl,, you will identify the causes of your sleep problems and develop solutions to successfully improve your sleep quality.
How I can help
The best place to start is by speaking to Cheryl to discuss insomnia treatment options, answer any questions about the process, and schedule a confidential appointment. Follow these simple steps:
Text today at 250-307-0679 or e-mail me for a free consultation
Or, you can book directly through email Cheryl
Begin your journey towards a fulfilling and healthier life
Cheryl offers both in-person and teletherapy for online anxiety treatment for residents of Alberta and BC. Her private practice is located at 4415 – 29th Street, Vernon BC.