‘O sleep, o gentle sleep,
Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down
And steep my sense in forgetfulness?’
– William Shakespeare, Henry IV
Insomnia comes in many forms:
· Acute insomnia is normally short term and can be triggered by a life event, a sudden change in circumstances or surroundings, or bad news. This type of insomnia will normally pass in a short time.
· Chronic insomnia is long term (one month or more) where the sufferer cannot get off to sleep or has trouble staying asleep for 3 or more nights a week.
· Comorbid insomnia occurs along with other psychological symptoms (e.g. depression, anxiety) or medical illness/pain.
· Onset insomnia is difficulty falling asleep at night.
· Maintenance insomnia is where the sufferer wakes during the night and cannot get back to sleep
Sleep deprivation is said to be one of the most effective forms of torture. Lack of sleep over a long period can hinder chances of enjoying a productive and happy life. Worry is the most commonly ported reason for sleep problems. Our minds and bodies naturally need sleep to regenerate. Sometimes insomnia persists over many years. The long term effects of sleep loss have been linked to adverse health conditions including depression, anxiety disorder, obesity, heart attack and more.
Getting help for insomnia can greatly improve your enjoyment of life. Imagine how it would feel to wake refreshed each morning? How would it feel to have more energy? The treatment will be tailored to best fit the client. The sessions will include working with the client to help them to relax, to think and to do things differently, to overcome obstacles and to provide practical suggestions for improving sleep quality.