Treating Insomnia

Treating Insomnia

Click here to download your Sleep Diary

Before we meet, I will get you to complete a sleep diary (see attached PDF) for 1 week or more so I can get a better understanding of your current sleeping patterns. During our first meeting, which takes about an hour, I will gather information about your sleep problem and all the factors in your life that may be maintaining it. I will then develop a tailored sleep plan for you which will target the main cause of your insomnia. Your sleep plan will provide you with a list of things you will need to do during the day and evening to get your sleep patterns back to normal.

Your sleep plan will cover such areas as

  • Improving your sleep hygiene
  • Relaxation and mindfulness
  • Managing daytime stress
  • Managing your anxiety about falling asleep
  • Slowing down a racing mind
  • Reducing thinking and worrying in bed
  • Eliminating the tendency to catastrophise about the impact another sleepless night will have on your ability to function effectively the next day
  • Reducing your anxiety about the impact insomnia may be having on your health
  • Strategies for getting back to sleep when waking during the night
  • Strategies for managing, nightmares, night terrors, night panic attacks and sleepwalking
  • Managing circadian rhythm disorders such as advanced and delayed sleep phase syndromes, non-24 free running sleep disorder, shift work and jet lag
  • Getting off sleeping medication

After our initial session you will then go away and apply the strategies with follow up sessions as required. Experience tells us that it will take, on average, about 4-5 weeks before you will notice an improvement in your sleep. This program is suitable for teenagers and adults of all ages

This program will suit you if you suffer from any of the following sleeping problems

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Waking frequently during the night
  • Waking early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep
  • Falling asleep early in the evening then waking in the early hours of the morning unable to get back to sleep
  • Worry insomnia – excessive thinking and worrying in bed