Did you know that according to researched best practices, the therapists office is the FIRST place to visit for Insomnia?
Sleep disturbances can occur with almost all psychiatric conditions as well as with primary sleep disorders. Bad sleep is a common reason for less than adequate clinic outcomes- which is why our Clinicians always ask about your sleep! Restful sleep plays a key role in emotional well-being.
Sleep helps to consolidate memory and it processes our emotionally-charged experiences.
30% of people struggle with sleep
Most people are chronically sleep-deprived. The average person needs 8-9 hours of sleep to feel rested.
Sleep deprivation can lead to fatigue, reduced ability to think clearly, reduced ability to maintain attention and retrieve information from memory, leads to reduced emotional control (which can show in irritability and reactivity), and can lead to increased insomnia.
There are typically 3 different patterns of sleep disturbances:
1. Difficulty falling asleep
2. Restless sleep
3. Early morning awakening
4. Hypersomnia (sleeping excessively)
Stress, Medications, Mental Illness & Medical Conditions can cause Insomnia
Behavioral interventions have the most researched support for those suffering with insomnia. Erinn is trained specifically in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and has a special interest in continuing education in behavioural sleep medicine assessments and interventions.
Some pharmacological supports can be a helpful adjunct to behavioral therapy, which would include referral and consultation with your prescribing provider.
Nightmares can be an issue for many people, especially those suffering from PTSD. Erinn is trained in Image Rehearsal Therapy which is a psychotherapeutic approach for the treatment of nightmares and she will help you to identify the underlying cause and provide treatment. Paige is able to provide Biofeedback which is another adjunct treatment backed by research as being effective for insomnia.
WHAT THE SLEEP CLINIC WILL OFFER
1. Comprehensive Intake and Sleep Assessments
2. Review of Medical and Mental Health History
3. Review of Medications
4. Discussion on recommended treatment (which may include psychotherapy, biofeedback, Imagery Rehearsal Therapy, Integrative Medicine for Mental Health, etc).
5. Discussion on consultation with prescribing provider (if needed)
6. Treatment towards your goals for treatment