What are sleep disorders?
Most of us have trouble sleeping at one time or another. Sleep can often be an emotional barometer for your current state so if you are stressed you might find that this affects your sleep. When sleep problems become a regular occurrence and have an impact on your daily life, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. One of the most common types of sleep disorder is insomnia which manifests itself as an inability to sleep or sleep well at night.
Common symptoms of insomnia include:
- Difficulty falling asleep at night or getting back to sleep after waking during the night
- Waking up frequently during the night
- You need to take something (sleeping pills for example) in order to get to sleep
- Sleepiness and low energy in the day
- Sleep feels unrefreshing and you wake up feeling tired and low in energy
There are also other types of sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.
Treatment for sleep disorders
If you think you are suffering from a sleep disorder it might be helpful to consult your GP. Psychological therapy and particularly cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can also be useful in helping you develop better sleep hygiene and effective strategies for managing your sleep. The psychologists at The Chelsea Psychology Clinic are likely to offer you a psychological assessment to understand the origins of your sleep difficulties and then develop an appropriate treatment plan with you.
If you require sleep medication, you can consult with your GP or with our Consultant Psychiatrist.