Insomnia & Sleep Problems
Insomnia Counselling in Wolverhamton, West Midlands.
Insomnia is a difficulty in getting to sleep, or getting enough sleep. Sleep is something everybody needs. It plays a vital role in both our physical and mental health. This is because when we sleep our body heals and repairs itself and sorts and compartmentalises the day’s experiences.
Sleep allows our brain to process the information collected through the day and if we are deprived of sleep we can suffer real physical problems. Indeed, sleep deprivation has been used as an effective means of torture leading to a loss of reality and hallucinations.
As well as making you feel tired, the lack of sleep can lead to physical illness and increase your risk of heart disease and obesity. Mentally, not getting enough sleep can lead to anxiety and can make it hard for you to concentrate.
Common Symptoms of Insomnia
- low levels of concentration
- difficulty thinking clearly
- excessive sleepiness
- anxiety and depression
Why is Sleep Important?
If you are experiencing prolonged periods of disrupted sleep or gettingno sleep at all, the damage may affect you instantly or over time. For example, if you are lacking in sleep but need to drive, your low levels of concentration may result in an accident. Alternatively, over time the damage can lead to many chronic health conditions. A prolonged lack of sleep can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.
Sleep is also important in your ability to learn. It helps your creativity and improves your problem-solving skills. When sleeping problems develop, these abilities are hindered. Over time this can make daily activities difficult, impacting your relationships and working life.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is defined as difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning and is considered, by some, to be a medical condition rather than a psychological one.
Most of us will have experienced a disrupted sleep and will know how it feels when you can’t seem to fall asleep. It may be that you are thinking about the next day or have had a coffee too near to bedtime. Perhaps you found it easy to fall asleep, but continue to wake up through the night. Either way, a rough sleep can leave you feeling drained and irritable the next day. Those who suffer with insomnia will experience these feelings regularly.
It is estimated that a third of people in the UK have episodes of insomnia during their lives. While it is not uncommon, it is believed that it can affect any age. However, people over the age of 60 and women seem to be more susceptible.
Therapy for Insomnia
While some sleeping problems will have an obvious cause, others may not. Psychotherapy and psychology for insomnia can be helpful if you are unsure why you are having difficulties sleeping.
When suffering from insomnia for a long period of time, the patterns of sleep disturbances can become embedded in your subconscious as habitual patterns of behaviour.
In these cases we will help you to identify any areas of your life that may be giving rise to stress or anxiety and by learning how to manage your thinking more effectively you will be able to relax more and enjoy more ‘meaningful’ sleep.
Learn How to Thrive & Overcome Insomnia
If you want to learn the tools, techniques and coping skills to overcome insomnia problems then you should consider following the Thrive Programme with Paul here at Tranceform Psychology.
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology and CBT principles to help you understand and then change any unhelpful thinking styles and limiting beliefs that have an adverse impact on your symptoms.
Over the course of ten one-hourly sessions you will learn about and develop personal insight into how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then how to use a range of proven scientific methods to bring about changes which directly impact on your experience and the way that you feel.
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FREE Initial Consultations for Insomnia
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your insomnia or sleeping problems. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Thinking Errors Associated with Insomnia
Insomnia & Sleeping problems may be exacerbated by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’.
You can find out more about each of these by clicking on the links below:-
- Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
- All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
- Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
- Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was good because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Nobel Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it / I can take it I’m worth it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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