Do you have trouble sleeping? If so, you're not alone, and we can help you both identify what is causing your sleep problem, and develop a plan to help you overcome it.
Dr. Rosemary Shaw now offers cognitive behavioral therapy on Wednesdays from 9:00am-5:00pm at My Neu Mind.
Who Can Benefit From Sleep Therapy?
If you can answer "yes" to many of the following questions; we may be able to help you.
- Do you have trouble falling asleep?
- Do you wake up too early?
- Do you often have trouble waking up in the morning?
- Do you rely on caffeine to stay alert?
- Do you have difficulty staying awake during the day?
- Do you have difficulty staying asleep at night?
- Do you gave short-term memory problems?
- Do you have reduced work performance?
- Do you rely on sleeping pills that no longer help?
How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?
Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on identifying and restructuring negative or disturbing thoughts that interfere with sleep. This is known as cognitive restructuring.
It requires practice and repeated use, but is very effective in removing the overactive mind from the sleep equation at night, and limiting the negative or stressful cognitions associated with functioning during the day.
Behavioral factors include appropriate sleep scheduling, limiting the amount of time spent in the bedroom while awake, and using a “winding down” period prior to attempting to sleep.
Your role in the process will be active. Besides keeping very close track of your sleep patterns on a daily basis; you will be asked to monitor things like mood, fatigue, stress, and physical symptoms, so that these can be addressed, if necessary.
Taken together, these approaches can be extremely effective for treating insomnia, and successful outcomes are the norm.
If you'd like to start getting a better night's sleep, give us a call today.