What is Insomnia?
A very common sleep problem, in fact insomnia is the most common sleep disorder and one of the most common complaints people speak to their GP about. Australian research suggests that 1 in 3 people have difficulty sleeping and that 1 in 10 will meet criteria for a diagnosis of insomnia.
Insomnia Disorder is not just an occasional night of poor sleep, is defined as a difficulty falling asleep or returning to sleep following night-time awakening, with significant consequences for daytime functioning and/or mood. Insomnia can be related to poor sleep habits, but it can also be caused by stress, anxiety, low mood, or physical health problems (e.g., chronic pain).
Symptoms of Insomnia (in addition to poor sleep) include:
In addition to identifying symptoms of insomnia you experience, keeping a sleep log for 1-2 weeks can be very helpful in assessing insomnia (see below for a sleep log that you can download).
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Take a short Insomnia quiz to see if you suffer with the key insomnia indicators
Sleep Matters Insomnia treatment
The recommended first line treatment for Insomnia is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Often 3-6 sessions is all that is required to treat this sleep problem.
Our highly trained team will take clients through the following during treatment:
There are many things that can trigger Insomnia or keep it going once it's started. Which of these might apply to you?
If you would like more of a sense of what CBT for Insomnia is, you may like to watch this 4 minute video...