Sleep Disturbance



Routinely sleeping less than six or seven hours a night demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer and posing certain other health risks. Insufficient sleep is a key lifestyle factor determining whether or not you will develop Alzheimer’s disease. Inadequate sleep -- even moderate reduction for just one week -- disrupts blood sugar level. Short sleeping increases the likelihood of your coronary arteries becoming blocked and setting you on a path towards cardiovascular disease, stroke and congestive heart failure. Sleep disruption further contributes to all major psychological and psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies.

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Disturbance

Physical

Feeling physically numb or detached from your body
Nausea, trembling, pain, sweating
Hyper arousal


Cognitive

Difficulty concentrating
Repetitive and distressing images or sensations
Hypervigilance
Emotional
Anxiety
Shame or guilt
Irritability

Behaviour

Avoiding talking about the experience
Attempts to self-sooth, for example through alcohol or drugs use
Avoiding certain people, situations or places

CAN TREATMENT HELP?
The effectiveness of psychotherapies on reducing anxiety, stress and phobia and bringing down depression are well established. Cognitive behaviour therapy and clinical hypnotherapy have been found to be particularly effective. Psychologists will help you understand your thought process and the reasons for it. Mere understanding can bring down anxiety levels and guilt.

RECOMMENDED TREATMENT

The treatment will depend upon several factors including the level of depression you are experiencing. For moderate depression and more severe depression it may be recommended that you need cognitive behaviour therapy and medication is associated with good treatment outcomes and crucially a reduction in the chances of experiencing further episodes of depression in the future.

HOW EFFECTIVE ARE OUR TREATMENTS FOR YOUR ISSUE?

Our team of psychotherapists are highly trained and qualified mental health professionals with competence as either cognitive behaviour therapists, clinical hypnotherapists, clinical and counselling psychologists. Our mental health professionals have the necessary skills, competence and experience to help you.