"A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow." Charlotte Bronte
Difficulties may include trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, awakenings early in the morning, problems getting back to sleep, restless night’s sleep and/or not feeling refreshed after a night’s sleep. These occurrences result in an inadequate quality and duration of sleep invariably impacting upon energy, motivation, mood, functioning and quality of life.
There is a marked tendency for one who experiences sleep difficulties to put considerable effort into ‘trying to get to sleep’; becoming focused on the sleep process, which invariably interferes with the automatic nature of sleep. It is understandable that when experiencing sleeplessness one is eager to sleep and making an effort to try to sleep perceived as the only option. Unfortunately, sleep cannot be obtained through force or will. The harder one tries to sleep the less likely one is to fall asleep.
Sleep Disturbances – what rigorous empirical research reveals
Each component of what I cover with clients involves uncovering behaviours and beliefs (cognitive-behavioural responses) which are maintaining and possibly worsening sleep disturbances. The key components of a treatment plan for establishing restful, restorative sleep, involves training clients in techniques to quieten the chatter in the mind (self-talk) in addition to, developing skills to reduce tension and nervous arousal in the body (the motor system). It is well documented that a multidisciplinary approach achieves the highest success rate in overcoming sleep difficulties. The highest efficacy includes psychological, physiological, behavioural and environmental interventions.
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