SEPTEMBER TOPIC - Sleep
Sleep has been in the news recently with a recent article from the BBC News Health finding that people who sleep six hours a night or less are more likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus, a novel human experiment has found.
Sleep has always been a hot topic in the medical world especially in counselling practices as sleep can have a profound effect on health and well being. A study conducted in 2011 found that 30% of people are severely sleep deprived putting them more at risk of mental health and relationship issues. The authors also point out that psychological approaches are recommended. In particular they recommend cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which they say is the most effective treatment for chronic insomnia, with research finding it associated with improvement in 70% of cases.
Mind (www.mind.org.uk) provides some useful help on what causes poor sleep:
If your sleeping problems are caused by a mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a talking treatment may help you address the underlying cause.
If all these tips and help hasn't improved your sleep and you would like to talk about sleep or other problems please contact me to book an initial consultation.
Bedtime phenomenon: scientist develops book to send children to sleep in minutes. The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep uses psychological techniques to send children to sleep quickly.
Develop a toolbox of relaxing bedtime ritualsCome up with different relaxing bedtime rituals to help you unwind before sleep. For example: