Counseling for Insomnia at Alexandria, VA
Many people are not getting the rest they need. Insomnia can steal a refreshing night’s sleep and disrupted sleep patterns. For those who battle insomnia, staying alert throughout the day may become harder and harder.
If you are struggling with insomnia, you are probably not getting the rest and restoration your mind and body need each night to live the life you want each day. Reclaiming that rest is not always as easy. Maybe friends and family members have recommended the latest home remedy that worked for them, but these rarely work long-term.
Many people looking for long-term sleep solutions have found the help they need through insomnia counseling. More than a quick-fix, insomnia counselors work to find the cause of insomnia and help their clients cultivate daily habits that are conducive for a good night’s sleep.
If you are ready for a good night’s sleep again, insomnia counseling in Alexandria, VA has helped many people recover the rest they need.
Insomnia’s Symptoms and Causes
Sleep deprivation and disturbances are often accompanied by a host of unpleasant symptoms, including…
- Poor performance at work
- Short temper, irritability, and negative attitude
- Weight gain and decrease in physical fitness
- An increase in accidents, especially while driving, because of drowsiness
- Decreased sex drive
Some who suffer from insomnia can fall asleep easily, but they wake up early—long before their alarm. Instead of starting their day at 6:00 a.m., the rooster crows for them at 1:00 a.m.
Others cannot fall asleep for hours. Although tired at bedtime, sleep won’t come. Counting sheep does not work, so they count the hours until sleep arrives. Bedtime gets pushed back to the wee hours of the morning instead of a reasonable time.
Insomnia can also look like draining sleep. For those who suffer from this form of insomnia, they seemingly sleep. However, after eight hours of sleep, they wake extremely tired. Instead of restoring energy, sleep drains energy.
Maybe you have experienced insomnia. If so, many things can lead to sleep disturbances.
Insomnia can be rooted in physical health. Sleep habits are affected by diet and exercise. Unfortunately, many other health problems cause insomnia or are linked to it. Insomnia often accompanies diabetes, hyperthyroidism, chronic pain, and menopause.
Insomnia can also be rooted in mental health. Insomnia can trigger depression and anxiety disorders, but the reverse is true. Anxiety disorders and depression’s symptoms include insomnia. Life changes and the stress they bring may trigger insomnia as well.
Whether insomnia is chronic or pops into your life for a few weeks or months at a time, insomnia counselors at Alexandria, VA have helped many clients reclaim the sleep they need.
Alexandria, VA Insomnia Counseling
How do the professionals at Alexandria, VA help their clients battle insomnia? Our counselors focus on important lifestyle habits that promote sleep and help their clients discover any underlying causes that may be triggering the insomnia. With this thorough approach, our counselors have helped many people start dreaming again.
Things people do every day can either promote healthy sleep patterns or inhibit them. Our therapists often help their clients adjust these lifestyle habits, working to eliminate certain habits, or cultivating new habits.
Our professionals know what it takes to optimize sleep patterns, and they work with their clients to come up with a sleep plan—habits that work for the client’s daily life and also promote sleep.
Alexandria, VA counselors may help their clients to…
- Keep a sleep journal
- Set consistent sleep and wake times
- Restrict sleep to nighttime only
- Monitor caffeine and alcohol intake
- Exercise more
- Assess their sleeping environment
- Learn relaxation exercises
Being awake in the middle of the night can feel overwhelming, and sometimes people’s thoughts can feel out of control. However, developing a sleep plan with the help of our professionals can help clients feel more in control of their thoughts. Instead of anxiety creeping into their thoughts when they wake up or cannot fall asleep, a sleep plan provides clients with practical steps to take and solutions to try for better sleep.
Insomnia counseling provides practical solutions, but it also explores any possible causes of insomnia. Insomnia can arise without any complicating mental or physical health problems, but often, sleep disturbances are symptoms for other, deeper health issues.
If insomnia is a symptom of a deeper mental or physical health problem, our counselors understand that the underlying problem needs to be addressed.
The professionals at Alexandria, VA know that their clients may need to learn positive coping mechanisms to deal with a major life transition. Or maybe insomnia is a symptom of an anxiety disorder that has gone untreated.
Our counselors are not interested in quick-fixes, but they want to help their clients find holistic, long-term solutions for their sleep disruptions. They want their clients to sleep through the night and wake refreshed, ready for the day.
Scheduling an Appointment
Regular, restorative sleep lays the foundation for good mental and physical health. Many of our clients have found that insomnia counseling is an investment in their long-term health. Reaching out for help can feel scary, but it is worth the effort. You are worth the effort.
Call Alexandria, VA to schedule an appointment. We have times available that fit most busy schedules. We also accept most insurance plans.
Alexandria, VA has insomnia counseling appointments available. Call to schedule a time.