Sleep difficulties

A reasonable amount of rest and sleep is necessary to be able to live a healthy life. It is the body's way of switching off from the day and for re-charging your energy levels, physically and psychologically. A good night's sleep can help you to feel invigorated and ready for the day's events. Conversely, a bad night's sleep can have the opposite effect and can leave you feeling run down and less able to cope with the challenges ahead. There are several things that can affect our sleep patterns such as stress, worry and anxiety, changes in our daily routines, having children, ageing and illness, bereavement and major life events. Our nervous system is directly affected by the amount of rest and sleep we get, and this can impact in a profound way both on how we feel, and then, on how we cope with things.

Sometimes sleep problems can be caused by medical conditions and it is always wise to consult with your GP for this information.

Therapy for sleep difficulties
Therapy can help to uncover underlying thoughts and worries that may be affecting your ability to get enough rest, or to be able to sleep properly. The therapist can assist you to explore your concerns and help identify any negative associations that may be preventing you from achieving a state of rest. The therapist will encourage you to develop healthy patterns in your approach to sleep and relaxation, and offer techniques and strategies that may benefit you so that you feel a greater sense of balance in your life.

Potential Benefits for Sleep Difficulties may include:
  • Opportunity to make sense of the difficulties you experience
  • Explore thoughts, feelings and perceptions that contribute
  • Learn individualised relaxation techniques
  • Renewed levels of energy and interest

Possible issues
  • Feeling exhausted and worn down
  • Lack of ability to rest or to relax
  • Constant worry, anxiety or feelings of despair
  • Anger, frustration or irritability