Sleep Disorders

Not being able to drop off to sleep when tired is annoying if it happens even once. For those who have this experience of being 'tired but wired' most nights, it can be devastating to health, relationships, happiness, productivity ... in fact, every facet of life is affected until there really is little or no quality of life.

 

We have been treating sleep onset insomnia for many years and we have been able to observe certain patterns.

 

Often the sufferer finds it hard wake in the morning, having a hangover effect which can last some hours. It seems this type of person will often wind up towards the end of the day, becoming more energetic late in the evening. Others will have no energy but still feel 'wired'. When bed time comes, they can lie awake with an overactive mind that won't shut off.

 

Research suggests that a small percentage of the population have disrupted sleep-wake rhythms that are severe enough to cause chronic insomnia.

 

Drugs and all manner of self medication such as alcohol, marijuana etc offer limited symptom relief at a high price of side effects, but do nothing to correct the underlying dysregulation.

 

We undertake a comprehensive assessment which includes sleep routines and sleep wake patterns, other related behavioural patterns, medical and dietary history, and the client's history of psychological stress. We look at EEG patterns which can reveal how the brain has adapted and is currently behaving, and we design a treatment program derived from an analysis of all the data at hand.

 

 

Our approach

 

Our approach to treating sleep disorders includes:

  • Behavioural changes which are known to begin a shift in the sleep wake cycle towards normal
  • Dietary changes to support the production of good sleep waves naturally
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness training to overcome an overactive mind and reduce the production of anxious thinking
  • Biofeedback and neuro-feedback, based on research, clinical experience and the person's own brain patterns.