Plymouth, MA Insomnia Counselors
Rachel watched the clock tick from one in the morning to two in the morning to three in the morning. She fell asleep for two hours … but like most nights, she then woke up. Rachel wants sleep. She is fatigued. Rachel needs sleep.
Does Rachel’s experience sound familiar? If you can relate, you may be suffering from insomnia. Many people have insomnia. Maybe they are awake for some, most, or even all of the night. Maybe they apparently sleep well, but in the morning, they wake up tired. Many people who experience sleep disturbances have sought professional help and received guidance on how to restore their healthy sleep patterns.
Insomnia counseling that applies treatment at two levels has helped many people with sleep disruptions. First, insomnia counseling can equip people with sleep practices that are tailored to their needs and habits. Second, insomnia counseling can explore and treat any possible causes for the insomnia.
Insomnia counselors at Plymouth, MA take this two-level approach. They work hard for their clients, helping to replace dreamless night with sweet dream.
What Is Insomnia? What Causes It?
Insomnia differs from person to person, but sleep disturbances generally fall into one of three forms.
- People who have difficulty falling asleep. They may go to bed at 10:00 or 11:00 p.m., but they do not fall asleep until, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 a.m.
- People who have difficulty staying asleep. They may fall asleep quickly but wake shortly thereafter.
- People who appear to sleep well, but they wake exhausted each morning. Sleep should restore, but for some, it drains.
Insomnia can be triggered by many life circumstances or health problems. Insomnia can also occur on its own, without apparent warning or cause.
Insomnia and stress are often linked. Stress from major life changes or events can leave people vulnerable for sleep disturbances. What is happening right now in your life? Think through the past year. Have you gone through changes in your finances, living situation, job, or family?
Other health problems have sleep disturbances as a side effect. For example, depression, menopause, hyperthyroidism, and chronic pain can bring about sleep disruption.
Sleep disturbances at night can cause difficulties in daily life.
Joshua works as a nurse three nights a week. His schedule differs from most of his family and friends, but Joshua usually is able to sleep enough to enjoy life. But recently, Joshua has been waking after only sleeping for an hour or two.
Joshua tries to carry on with his day after only a few hours of sleep, but he is exhausted. Joshua is having trouble focusing at work and has made some errors. While he was driving home, recently, Joshua nearly ran into another car.
He is worried that an hour or two of sleep each night is his new normal and does not know what to do next. Joshua has tried some home remedies he found on the Internet, but nothing has worked for more than two or three nights.
Insomnia’s Side Effects
Joshua is dealing with with the difficulty insomnia can bring. Many people who live with sleep disturbances may also live with:
- Increased risk for hypertension, depression, heart disease, diabetes, and other common mental and physical health problems.
- Heightened feelings of anger, impatience, and annoyance, often resulting in strained family relationships and friendship. Sleep disturbances can also lower sex drive.
- Difficulty focusing and/or memory loss that may result in poor job performance and automobile accidents.
Have you experienced any of these situations? If so, insomnia may be a contributing factor.
Insomnia counselors have brought relief from sleep disturbances and their side effects to many people.
If your days are harder because you are not able to sleep through the night, the counselors at Plymouth, MA have appointments for insomnia treatment available.
Insomnia Counseling May Help
Our counselors apply treatment for insomnia on two levels. First, our counselors help their clients formulate sleep practices that are tailors to their needs and habits. These sleep practices promote choices that are conducive for sleep and limit choices that may be inhibiting sleep. Second, our professionals explore and treat any possible causes of insomnia, helping many clients achieve long-term, healthy sleep patterns.
Tailored Sleep Practices
Working with their clients’ needs and habits, our counselors often customized sleep practices that promote optimal conditions for rest. These practices may consist of…
- Sleep Environment — where people sleep can help them rest or make it harder for them to rest. Sounds, light, and temperature in a bedroom contribute to sleep environment. With professional guidance, many people have identified changes to their sleep environment that help promote healthy sleeping conditions.
- Restful Routines — more sleep may involve changing everyday habits and routines. Routines that promote rest may involve reducing alcohol or caffeine consumption or possibly exercising more or maybe making diet changes. Our counselors often guide their clients toward routines that can lead to a better night’s sleep.
- Meditation — with professional help, people can grow in awareness of their mind and body, learning what their body needs to relax and rest. Our clients may discover how to focus their on relaxing their thoughts and bodies in a way that aids sleep.
Long-term, Healthy Sleep Patterns
Insomnia counseling also involves addressing the sleep disturbance’s cause. Our counselors have used their training and experience to help many clients identify and treat any deeper issues that may accompany or cause insomnia. This step helps people maintain long-term, healthy sleep patterns.
Deeper issues might include …
Negative Thoughts: People with insomnia often come to believe I am a terrible sleeper. This and many other negative thoughts are false and may be exacerbating the problem. Negative thoughts can leave people hopeless, and increase the stress they feel about not sleeping which in turn makes it harder to sleep.
Anxiety Disorders: insomnia is often a symptom of anxiety disorders, such as PTSD. If insomnia is linked to another medical issue, then the underlying disorder needs treatment. Our counselors can explore if treatment of another medical problem could benefit their clients.
Call for an Appointment
Our counselors love helping their clients find their way back to restful sleep. Battling insomnia is difficult, but we are here to help.
We accept many insurance plans and offer weekend and after-hours appointments. We don’t keep waitlists but like to see our clients as soon as is convenient. Insomnia counselors at Plymouth, MA have appointments available. Call to schedule your time for insomnia counseling.