You're having trouble sleeping. You get in bed and can't fall asleep. You wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. You toss and turn and try hard to to sleep. You try reading, meditating, scrolling through social media, or watching TV in bed when you can't sleep. You look at the clock and begin to calculate how much time you have left to sleep. You begin to worry. You think "I need to go to sleep now or I'll be a disaster tomorrow." You start running through your to do list. You decide to hit snooze in the morning or nap during the day to try and makeup sleep lost. Yet, you don't wake up refreshed. Over time, you fear going to bed wondering if you'll be able to sleep or not.
An estimated 30% of the U.S. adult population complain of sleep disruption. Insomnia is a sleep disorder involving difficulty falling or staying asleep, or waking up earlier than intended. Insomnia is associated with many mental health conditions, such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Many of us can have difficulty sleeping some nights. However, those who have sleep difficulties three nights per week for three months or more may be suffering from chronic insomnia. If this sounds like you, consult a medical provider to determine if there is a medical condition impacting your sleep, such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, or medication side-effects.
In an attempt to attain more sleep, we often develop bad habits and unhelpful beliefs about sleep that serve to worsen insomnia. Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia is an evidenced-based treatment that can help you develop more helpful thoughts and habits so that you can get the restful sleep you need.