Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that causes you to not being able to fall asleep. Insomnia not only affects your level of energy but also has a significant effect on your health and overall quality of life.
People suffering from insomnia faced a lot of difficulties in controlling their emotions. There is a complex relationship between emotional health and disordered sleep. A lot of factors interfere with sleeping patterns, such as anxiety, depression, stress, or worry.
Other causes of Insomnia include:
- Mental health conditions
- Taking medications
- Medical conditions including heart diseases, cancer, chronic pain etc.
- Usage of Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
On the other hand, chronic insomnia may be linked with the high usage of drugs or medical conditions.
These can be improved by treating the medical conditions. Sleep problems may lead to psychological problems. According to research, people who undergo disturbed sleep including insomnia are at a higher risk for other mental health illnesses such as depression. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of people found to suffer from depression who were diagnosed with insomnia. Insomnia is considered as a significant cause of depression that can lead to a higher suicide rate among depressed people.
How counseling can help Insomnia and Emotions?
Many treatments can help if you are suffering from sleeping disorders, or feel less emotionally responsive. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most broadly used therapy to treat insomnia and emotional responses. This therapy is specifically designed for people who are unable to get normal sleep.
The time of therapy depends totally on the severity of the sleeping problems while it is relatively a short term treatment. There are two main components of the therapy.
Cognitive therapy. Is a type of therapy that alters the negative thoughts and beliefs that contribute to insomnia.
Behavioral therapy. It tells the ways of how to prevent such behaviors that keep the insomniac people awake at night and restore them with healthy habits.
Techniques used in Cognitive behavioral therapy
Therapists use the following techniques depending on the specific needs and symptoms.
Sleep restriction therapy (SRT). In this technique, the therapist focuses on eliminating your naps and reduces the time that you spend just lying on the bed.
Emotion-focused therapy. When people fail to control their emotions after a lot of attempts, they find out therapist to handle it for them. With the help of emotion-focused therapy, people feel their emotions as some important information instead of feeling it as difficult or painful situations.
Stimulus control therapy. In this therapy, the therapist recognizes the habits of sleeps that create difficulties in sleeping well. The therapists give you the training to use the bedroom only for sex and sleep, instead of watching TV, or other works.
Hypnosis. It is also used to treat the disorders of sleep. It helps you to alter the negative sleeping habits and encourage restful sleep when you are in a state of relaxation.
With our experienced counsellors in sleep medicine and psychiatry, we can get your sleep back on track. Let’s get started on a treatment plan with Mclean Counseling Center today and get your sleep back on track!