If you have a hard time sleeping, maybe you can relate to one of these experiences…
Jessica wakes up in the night—every night. She falls asleep fairly easily, but she regularly has to start her day after just an hour or two of rest. Sometimes when she wakes up, Jessica gets out of bed and works for a few hours before she falls asleep again. Sometimes, Jessica wakes up at 1:00 a.m or 2:00 a.m. and cannot go back to sleep again that night.
David cannot fall asleep. He is tired each night at bedtime, but it often takes David five, six, seven hours to fall asleep. A few nights each week, David does not sleep. He is tired, but awake.
Allison seems to sleep through the night, but she wakes up exhausted each morning. Allison used to feel refreshed and rested in the morning. But something is off with her nights, because Allison often feels more tired after sleeping.
If Jessica’s, David’s, or Allison’s story sounds familiar, you may be suffering from a form of insomnia. Many people suffer from these or similar sleep disturbances, but many have also found the help they need to sleep well again through insomnia counseling.
Insomnia counselors do not offer quick-fixes, but they seek out insomnia’s possible causes and work with their clients to find specific solutions to the sleep disturbances.
Insomnia counselors in Arlington, VA have helped many people find a good night’s sleep again. We care about our clients and are ready to help.
The Symptoms and Causes of Insomnia
If you are not sleeping well, you know how bad nights can lead to difficult days. Unpleasant side effects often occur with sleep disturbances. These sometimes include…
- Low sex drive
- Difficulty focusing
- Negative attitude and irritability
- Weight gain
Many people experience insomnia, and sleep disturbances have many causes.
Physical health may be causing insomnia. The cause may be rooted in a person’s daily habits such as diet and exercise. Unfortunately, the cause may also be rooted in another, more serious health problem. Hyperthyroidism, chronic pain, diabetes, and menopause can result in insomnia.
Mental health may be causing insomnia. Depression and anxiety disorders can trigger insomnia, but insomnia can also cause depression and anxiety. Stress from life changes can also cause insomnia.
Sometimes, insomnia chronic and remains in a person’s life for year or even decades. Sometimes, insomnia is acute, occurring for a shorter but intense period of time. Regardless of whether the insomnia is acute or chronic, the insomnia counselors at Arlington, VA love helping their clients reclaim a good night’s sleep.
Arlington, VA Insomnia Counseling
What does insomnia counseling at Arlington, VA involve?
Our counselors teach daily habits that are conducive for sleep, and they help their clients uncover any accompanying health problems that may trigger the sleep disturbance. Our counselors have guided many clients toward sweet dreams with this holistic approach.
Daily choices can either inhibit sleep or promote it. Our counselors may guide their clients in examining their daily habits and making adjustments as necessary.
Our counselors know which daily habits bolster healthy sleep patterns and which curb them. Together with their clients, our counselors may customize daily habits that can be integrated into the client’s lifestyle and that optimize the client’s opportunity for better sleep.
Arlington, VA insomnia counselors may have their clients …
- Go to bed at the same time everyday
- Wake up at the same time everyday
- Exercise earlier in the day
- Drink less caffeine and/or alcohol
- Get out of bed when they are awake
- Make changes to their sleeping environment
- Practice relaxation or meditation exercises
Developing proactive, daily habits have helped many clients feel more in control of their sleep. Often, when people wake in the middle of the night or are unable to fall asleep, they may feel out of control, and negative, anxious thoughts can bombard them. These daily habits restore the sense of control and may help people guide their thoughts toward helpful thoughts that promote sleep.
Accompanying Health Problems
Many people find relief through adjusting their daily habits, but many also need to explore what may be causing their insomnia. While sleep disturbances can arise without an accompanying health problem, they often are symptoms of deeper health issues.
Some health problems that are often associated with insomnia include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Chronic pain
Our counselors know that any accompanying health problems need to be addressed too. Arlington, VA insomnia counselors offer holistic treatment, not easy-fixes that do not last.
We want to help our clients wake up refreshed and ready for the day after a good night’s sleep.
Appointments Are Available
A good night’s sleep can restore people’s mind and body, and many of our clients have experienced how insomnia counseling improves their chances of receive sleep’s restorative benefits.
Arlington, VA has appointments for insomnia counseling available. We have after-hours and weekend appointments and do not keep a waitlist. We also work with most insurance plans.
Call to schedule your time with an Arlington, VA insomnia counselor.