What Is Insomnia?
Almost everyone goes through bouts of sleeplessness from time to time. It happens to the average person about once a year. Chronic insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or waking up too early. If it takes you thirty minutes or more to fall asleep, or you're awake for thirty minutes or more during the night at least three times a week–for a month or more–you're officially suffering from insomnia.
How do I know if I have Insomnia?
The symptoms include:
- People suffering from insomnia are sleeping restlessly, or not enough
- Insomnia causes daytime fatigue and reduced energy levels
- It weakens coping skills and makes it difficult to pay attention and concentrate
- It creates memory problems and difficulty performing even routine tasks
- But most of all, insomnia affects mood. The chronic sleep disruption of insomnia appears to be the single biggest trigger for depression and irritability
How Do I Start Treatment?
Meeting with a clinician one-on-one for a first visit is the first step in addressing your symptoms. Based on this assessment, your therapist can help you decide on the best approach to begin to work on your symptoms. Starting treatment is a big step, and we’re here to help. Our clinicians are here to answer any questions you may have, and to help you through the process of getting started. To request information or to get started with a counselor, fill out our contact us form and we will be in touch.