Struggling to Sleep? Sleep Therapy Has Answers

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Hey there, I hear you tossing and turning every night. You’re not alone. Millions of people struggle to get good sleep, and it takes a real toll. Lack of sleep messes with your health, focus, relationships – pretty much everything that matters. But there’s hope. Sleep therapy can get to the root of your sleep troubles and help you finally get the rest you need. In Singapore, specially trained psychologists use proven techniques to treat conditions like insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome. Whether you’ve had sleep issues for years or are just now struggling to nod off, sleep therapy can work. Read on to learn how therapists can help you sleep tight through the night. With some expert guidance, peaceful slumber will be yours again.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

CBT-I is a form of talk therapy that helps you develop better sleep habits and overcome thoughts that contribute to your insomnia. CBT-I helps reframe how you think about sleep so you can develop better habits and fall asleep faster.

  • Change Your Sleep Schedule

Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day helps establish your body’s sleep-wake cycle and optimise your sleep. Your therapist may have you adjust your sleep schedule by going to bed a bit later and waking up a bit earlier. This can help you feel more tired at night so you fall asleep faster.

  • Practice Relaxation Techniques

Techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and gentle yoga can help relax your mind and body. Doing these before bedtime helps quiet your thoughts so you can fall asleep more easily. Your therapist may teach you specific relaxation exercises to do before bed.

  • Challenge Unhelpful Thoughts

Negative or anxious thoughts about sleep often make insomnia worse. Your therapist will help you identify unrealistic thoughts about sleep and replace them with more helpful ones. For example, replacing the thought “I’ll never sleep well again” with “My sleep will improve with time and effort.” Challenging these thoughts helps reduce worry and stress about sleep.

  • Limit Sleep-Disrupting Activities

Certain activities too close to bedtime can hinder sleep. Your therapist may recommend limiting screen time, bright lights, and physical or mental stimulation in the hour before bed. Establishing a calming bedtime routine, like taking a warm bath or reading a book, can make it easier to fall asleep.

Making these types of lifestyle and mental changes through CBT-I is an effective way to overcome insomnia in a safe, natural manner. Working with a therapist, you can establish better sleep habits and a more positive mindset about sleep to enjoy restful nights and wake up refreshed.

 

Mindfulness Meditation

Meditation is a popular therapy for sleep issues. Focusing your mind through meditation before bed can relax your body and quiet racing thoughts. A therapist will teach you mindfulness techniques like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualisation. With regular practice of meditation before bed, you can achieve a sense of calm and peace that makes it easier to drift off to sleep.

 

Hypnosis

Hypnosis puts you into a state of focused relaxation and heightened suggestibility. A hypnotherapist uses guided relaxation and visualisation to help change your thoughts and attitudes about sleep. They may suggest that you feel very relaxed and sleepy to help you develop new associations with bedtime. Hypnosis can be very effective for breaking negative thought patterns related to sleep. However, it may require several sessions with a hypnotherapist to be fully effective.

 

The type of sleep therapy that is right for you depends on your specific issues and preferences. Speaking to a counsellor or psychologist about your options can help determine which approach is most likely to improve your sleep in a lasting way. With the guidance of a professional, you can develop better sleep habits and change unhealthy thoughts that are keeping you up at night.

So don’t lose hope if you’re still staring at the ceiling night after night. With so many options to try out, you’re bound to find something that helps you get the restful shut-eye you’ve been dreaming of. We have trained professionals who can help you identify the root causes of your sleep problems and equip you with techniques to overcome them. 

Contact us to schedule a free 15-minute consultation with one of our psychologists or counsellors to see how we can help overcome your sleep issues together. Sweet dreams could be right around the corner!

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