SLEEP WELL: Everything You Need To Know About Sleeping Therapy

SLEEP WELL: Everything You Need To Know About Sleeping Therapy

Sleeping well is essential to your mental and physical well-being. On the contrary, sleep deprivation can lead to unhealthy daytime habits and can adversely affect your mood, vitality, creativity, productivity, emotional balance, and even your body weight. Yet, a troubling percentage of people find themselves tossing and turning at night, struggling to get the quality sleep they need.

How does sleep therapy work?

A structured therapy program teaches you to recognize and change or eliminate thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that contribute to your inability to sleep well. During treatment (which often takes from 6-8 sessions), a professional sleep therapist may recommend some of the following techniques (depending on your needs) to aid in consistent, uninterrupted quality sleep:

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Sleep restriction

Shocking effective; this technique limits time spent in bed, not sleeping, causing partial deprivation. This then temporarily increases daytime fatigue and causes you to feel more tired the next night. As you gradually experience better sleep, more time in bed is added in order to re-establish a consistent sleep schedule.

Sleep hygiene

The idea behind this technique involves changing fundamental lifestyle habits that influence sleep, such as smoking, high intake of caffeine late in the day, consumption of too much alcohol, or failure to get regular exercise. It also includes tips that promote good sleep, like ways to make your room comfortable, building healthy habits during the day, and how to wind down before bedtime.

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Relaxation training

If you’re looking to reduce the racing thoughts and tension that often accompany lying awake in bed, this therapy technique helps you calm your mind and body. The best approach to help your mind relax includes meditation, imagery, muscle relaxation, breathing exercise, and hypnosis.

The most effective treatment approach may combine different sleep therapy techniques to help you sleep faster and spend less time awake, stay asleep, and feel more rested and energetic during the day.