Can’t sleep? Tried everything?
You have tried the pills, herbal remedies, lifestyle changes and maybe even old wives’ tales – but nothing seems to work. We at Sleepyhead Clinic offer you the most scientifically proven technique delivered by a sleep expert to get your sleep back on track – and stay on track.
Thank you very much for all of your help advice and patience. I have slept the best I have slept for years over the past few weeks, so long may it last (and if it doesn’t I know what to do now!).
All that is required from you is that you actively commit to the program, just as the Sleepyhead Clinic will commit to all its patients. Read on for more information about insomnia and the treatment program.
What is insomnia?
Insomnia can present in various ways and has many causes. It is defined by either problems getting to sleep or problems staying asleep, early morning awakenings or all of them! This makes for very non-restorative sleep. This is accompanied by significant stress in our social, occupational or other important areas of our lives due to the low energy, poor concentration, attention and memory that comes along with poor sleep. This can go on to affect our moods and our ability to cope with work and social responsibilities. This usually occurs for at least three nights a week and is considered a sleep disorder if it lasts longer than three months. It is an extremely lonely condition, and it is very common.
Insomnia has many different causes. Mental health conditions, an inability to wind down, pain, work, stress, social issues, becoming a parent, moving home, getting divorced, coping with other medical disorders….the list goes on and on. Equally insomnia can be the cause of some of these issues itself! The point is, it doesn’t matter what the original cause was for disrupting your night’s sleep, because the factors that perpetuate the problem are rarely the same. That means you could take away all the causes, and you might still find yourself with a sleep problem. Most insomnia related issues are habitual; meaning that this awful, fragmented sleeping arrangement is actually some sort of routine that your body has got itself used to.
As a society we don’t know a lot about sleep but the beliefs we do have about sleep are generally not based in science and so what seem like common sense ways to fix sleep problems, are actually making them worse. However, there is a solution and that’s what we provide at the Sleepyhead Clinic. It’s called CBTi or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi).
What is CBTi?
CBTi is different from other forms of cognitive behavioural therapy and it’s a lot safer than sleeping pills. CBTi is based in behavioural sleep medicine – a combination of scientific and effective strategies that when working in sync, help get sleep back on track. We know that when you follow CBTi in a mere matter of weeks, sleep can be transformed!
There are three main aspects of the treatment that usually need to be tackled in the right order.
1. Correcting the inaccurate information we thought we knew about sleep.
Our belief system is a powerful thing, dictating our actions and behaviours, so correcting it in favour of scientific and factual information is very important.
2. Building up a natural innate sleep drive.
We all have one, and for the lucky ones, it allows us to have a refreshing sleep at night and to be awake and feeling good during the day. In order to find that again we use your sleep diaries to analyse and build a new sleep protocol which encourages a strong sleep drive at the right time of day.
3. Winding down and relaxation.
On its own, being relaxed won’t automatically fix insomnia and related issues (and it can be very hard to do!), and hence why this may not have worked in the past. However, when being taught the right, scientific relaxation tools whilst building up a sleep drive and having the right beliefs occupying your mind, relaxation becomes easy!
Finally during the entire program, you will be supported by a sleep expert who can answer all your queries about sleep – you don’t have to do it alone anymore!
How does Sleepyhead Clinic deliver this?
CBTi is usually taught over four sessions lasting about an hour each. These can be one to one sessions or group sessions. They can be online or in clinic. The sessions can be taught over four weeks or longer, dependent on your schedule. CBTi can be adapted for most mental or physical medical issues that may be going on at the time – just keep us informed. The great thing about CBTi is that when you know all the strategy, you become the expert and you no longer need help from a sleep specialist – that means no money wasting and no time wasting!
Differences can be seen after just a month if applying all the strategies and these differences can be life changing and long term. That means you won’t have to implement CBTi strategies forever, just until you feel comfortable with your sleep. After this you will become a normal sleeper- someone who doesn’t follow all the rules all the time, but gets good sleep most of the time anyway!