Did you know that up to half of the Australian population has sleeping issues? 48% of Australian adults report regular sleep problems, while up to 52% of Australian adolescents aged 12-17 years old do not meet the recommended sleep guidelines on school nights. This is an alarmingly high rate considering studies have shown that too little sleep can increase your risk of developing chronic health conditions.
Someone experiencing a sleep disorder may have difficulties with falling asleep, waking throughout the night, waking up too early, and struggling to go back to sleep. It comes as no surprise one of the main symptoms is not feeling refreshed when you wake up! While there are a number of potential underlying causes of sleep disorder, more common explanations lie around stress, poor sleep habits, and medical issues.
While one might not initially consider a psychologist for treating their sleeping issues, the most common condition that I help people with is sleep disorder. More often than not it’s discovered once someone attends therapy for a different reason. It doesn’t take long to realise that they’re not sleeping well. We cannot underestimate the negative impact sleep deprivation has on both physical and mental well-being. Not getting enough sleep depletes energy levels, concentration, ability to operate effectively and most of all, it takes the fun out of life. It would be a rare situation that someone having a difficult time with life is still sleeping well. Hence, the abundant research available around how to resolve sleep problems.
There is no need to keep tossing and turning, wrestling with an unsettled mind while the rest of the world is getting the zzz’s. With a few simple strategies you can be fully charging the batteries each night, ready for a great day ahead.
If you struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep, perhaps take a look at your nightly routine. It’s the initial go-to when exploring why good sleep may allude someone. Make sure you go to bed each night at the same time as this helps your mind adopt a rhythm so it can look forward to nightly slumber. Consistency is key as we humans are creatures of habit. There are a number of other strategies that can help with mild sleep problems. Feel free to reach out for a copy of our resource on Good-Sleep.
If your sleep concerns are more serious, you may benefit from CBT focused on sleep. This progressive step by step format, assists people to approach sleep from a new and helpful angle.