Elena Touroni, a consultant psychologist, outlines the concept of a ‘sleep hygiene programme’, which includes a wind-down routine to make sure you don’t increase the chance of staying awake. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy
For a good night’s sleep, we have what we call kind of sleep hygiene programmes. So a lot of the time we’ll look at how you’re currently managing your sleep. Is there a wind-down routine? Are you doing anything at night that might actually be increasing the chance of staying awake? For instance, we all very often tend to take our iPad to bed or do something that is actually quite stimulating quite late at night which would really interfere with a good night’s sleep. So we usually do quite a careful assessment with people to help them understand all those points where perhaps they are doing things that are making their sleep much more interrupted. And then we put strategies in place in terms of how they manage their wind-down routine to help them get a better night’s sleep. Now that’s on the surface level. On a deeper level, some of the time, sleep can be a barometer for people’s emotional well-being. So there might be something much deeper that’s interfering with their ability to get a good night’s sleep, in which case we would try to treat the underlying cause.