ST is sleep hygiene focused. Most people have difficulty getting to sleep at some point in their lives, but this does not usually point to a serious mental illness. Difficulty sleeping can be caused by various factors including anxiety, stress and changes in life-style.
Sleep problems can result in a chronic inability to sleep normally. Sleep problems can include insomnia, sleep walking etc. It can be argued that there is a correlation between sleep problems and mental health issues i.e. people experience feelings of worry that lead to lack of sleep, which results in tiredness and subsequent difficulty coping with day to day life, resulting in low self-esteem taking you full circle to more worry and lack of sleep. ST can help tackle:
- Sleepwalking/ Sleep terrors
- Sleep paralysis
In the majority of cases sleep problems or insomnia are a symptom of another problem so you will then work with your Therapist to identify this and resolve it. There are lots of things that can influence our mental health, such as our upbringing, childhood environment, things that happen to us and even our temperament. If the assessment established that the other problem is your mood e.g. anxiety, depression etc., the Therapist will recommend that this issue is treated too.