How To Treat Insomnia

It’s true: most adults at times have trouble with sleeping. However, at times sleep issues become pervasive and start to impact life functioning. If you're struggling to get the rest you need or having trouble managing fatigue levels, our insomnia treatment therapists based in Durham, NC, are well-versed in addressing a variety of issues relating to this condition. The good news is, you don’t have to be local to benefit! Insomnia treatment can easily be offered online through telehealth.

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia also includes waking up too early during the night. The symptoms of this condition tend to get worse over time, with insomnia affecting approximately one-third of adults and children at some point in their lives. In fact, it's estimated that 10% of the US population suffers from chronic sleep problems. 

The most common form of insomnia is called primary insomnia. This type occurs when someone has no history of these problems but suddenly has trouble falling asleep or maintaining it. The person may wake up mid-sleep and struggle to receive the restorative rest they need. Symptoms generally persist longer than three weeks in these cases.

Other types of insomnia include:

  • Secondary: Occurs as a result of another health issue such as depression, caffeine use or physical pain.

  • Parasomnia: The occurrence of undesirable movements (e.g., restless leg syndrome, walking) or speech during sleep. Such sleep difficulties often need to be diagnosed with a sleep study.

Circadian rhythm disorder: Your body clock doesn’t match the timing of light and dark cycles, therefore you are alert when you are trying to sleep. This can occur after repeated sleep deprivation or shift work, for example.

Sleep can change your life

Sleep is the foundation of our emotional wellness. People who suffer from chronic sleeplessness report feeling tired all the time, and they may be irritable, moody, depressed and anxious, and even suicidal. They can also lose their concentration and have poorer memory. 

Prolonged problems with sleep can continue to deteriorate cognitive function and also impact metabolic, endocrine, and immune functioning.

Sleep issue treatment options in Durham, NC

You do not need to start with medications to see if your sleep can improve! Our therapists can help assess some of your sleep problems, identify if additional referrals would be useful (e.g. for a sleep study), and help you examine if there is anything you may be doing that is getting in your way.

There are several different ways to carry out insomnia treatment. Your doctor might recommend medication if he/she believes that lifestyle changes aren't enough. However, at our Durham clinic, we provide holistic therapy for insomnia using a range of psychotherapy solutions, including cognitive-behavioral strategies. 

Together, we will examine why you may be struggling to fall or stay asleep, and provide you with tools to track what is happening in your sleep patterns. We will then teach you skills to improve sleep consistency. This can initially be hard work, but it is also highly effective! We will also help you to establish better sleep hygiene, including:

  • Scheduled bedtimes

  • Reduce or eliminate napping

  • Minimize time spent in bed when you are not sleeping

  • Optimize your sleep environment

  • Improve eating habits and timing

Ready to seek out insomnia treatment options in Durham, NC? Book a consultation with our therapists now. We'll discuss your options, go through your concerns and answer any questions you may have.

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