Therapy Thursday: Insomnia

Is falling asleep or staying asleep a problem for you? Do you feel restless and uncomfortable when you are trying to fall asleep? You may be an insomniac. There are two main types of insomnia: acute insomnia and chronic insomnia. Acute insomnia is short term, while chronic insomnia is much more long term.

Acute insomnia is short term and can last anywhere between one night and a week or two. Acute insomnia could be caused by a number of things including nervousness, racing thoughts, or lack of exercise. If you find yourself having trouble falling asleep every once in a while, try to reduce your caffeine intake before going to bed and avoid exercising too close to your bedtime as well.

If you feel as though you are suffering from chronic insomnia, you should consider consulting a counselor because it could be stemming from something else. Anxiety, depression, and stress are some of the main causes of chronic and comorbid insomnia. Most commonly, those who cannot fall asleep at night are kept up by their thoughts or feelings. Traditionally, CBT or cognitive behavior therapy is used to help with controlling negative thoughts.

Reading a book can help you feel more tired before bed and journaling before bed is a great way to release any thoughts or feelings you have before drifting off into sleep. You can also try exercising during the day and reducing the use of any electronics before bed as well. If you don't already have one, make sure you set yourself a sleep schedule. An irregular sleep schedule can cause many unwanted health effects like high blood pressure and higher risk for heart attacks.

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