Sleep difficulties?

Sleep difficulties?

Sleeping difficulties can be frustrating and distressing, and lead to high levels of stress and irritability and is a significant feature in both depression and anxiety.  Sleep is how we “fill our tank”, metaphorically speaking, so if precious sleep is lost night after night we can find ourselves “running on empty”. (and cars don’t run on empty for long!)  At this point we start to burn out, then if we continue to override our need to slow down and catch up, we can start feeling depressed and anxious.  Most people under estimate the importance of sleep. Getting less than your healthy quota of sleep is not something you want to allow to continue. Learning good sleep hygiene techniques and habits is vital for wellbeing and good mental and physical health.  Specially tailored relaxation tapes can be helpful or there are a number of phone apps that will assist with basic guided meditations or mindfulness techniques.

If sleep issues persist it can be beneficial to explore what part unhelpful thinking patterns and worry may be playing in this disturbance and learning how to change these to more healthy thinking styles.  Cognitive therapy treatment for sleep issues and insomnia can also include training in how to interpret emotional information less negatively. Dealing with these issues can have you feeling on top once again and more refreshed as you start each day.  Your mood lifts and life looks much brighter. Making an appointment to get help to restore sleep patterns is worth your time and effort and will pay off.

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