What is Insomnia?
Insomnia or sleeplessness is the most common sleep disorder in the world. People suffering from this disorder either experience difficulty falling asleep, or maintaining a good night sleep, or both. Depending on how often it occurs and how long it lasts, insomnia can be acute (short-term) or chronic (ongoing). The best way to deal with this disorder is to have a good management plan.
The good news is that most people experience acute or transient insomnia which is short lived and they return to normal sleeping patterns once the underlying issue is resolved. However, for people suffering from chronic insomnia which typically lasts for many months, it is important to first identify the underlying causes or health issues that may be responsible for this disorder and then look for the appropriate remedies.
How to Manage Insomnia
Insomnia management involves identifying the underlying causes (medical or psychological) and then finding the best way to treat them. The ultimate goal of insomnia management is to achieve refreshing sleep and improve the overall quality of life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is regarded as one of the most effective non-drug therapies for chronic insomnia treatment. The ultimate goal of CBT therapy is to educate and train patients on how to tackle psychological problems effectively and create new ways to think about sleep. CBT involves:
- evaluating your current sleep patterns
- determining your actual sleep needs
- making changes in sleep behavior
- creating a conducive mental and physical environment for ideal sleep
- taking steps to reduce anxiety
- re-structuring negative thoughts
- bringing changes in daily lifestyle
- bringing changes in eating habits
- minimising or eliminating sleeping medication dependency
Patients suffering from acute insomnia can often resolve the issue quickly with medication and/or mindfulness.
If you would like to book in to chat about you insomnia give us a call:
Southgate Medical Centre
Medical Centre Southbank
How To Manage Insomnia
03 9690 1433