Maintaining a healthy relationship between mind and body is crucial to mental and physical health. When something throws this relationship off, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to achieve life and health goals. The good news is that it is possible to overcome factors such as poor sleep that keep you from being as healthy as you’d like.
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that will affect approximately one third of adults during their lifetime. Although there is great variability in how people sleep, you may have insomnia if:
- It takes you greater than 30 minutes to fall asleep
- You are awake for more than 30 minutes during the night
- You feel unrefreshed when you wake in the morning
Insomnia is a disorder that touches every aspect of a person’s life. There’s nothing more miserable than struggling to sleep, which seems like it should be so natural and easy. Then, during the day, you wonder why, if you’re so tired, is it so hard to sleep at night? It is possible to get sufficient high-quality sleep without the use of medication. Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia (CBT-I) has been recommended as the first line of treatment for chronic insomnia, and I have seen it work in clients from age 15 up to 90+.
Atlanta Insomnia and Behavioral Health Services goes beyond “sleep hygiene” with an empirically-supported treatment that is straightforward and tailored to each individual client. We can also work on any anxiety or depression than can be an underlying cause or lingering effect of insomnia.
BREAKING NEWS! Health News from NPR featured cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia in a recent article. Click here to read it!
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