Saturday
Sep192009

 

ADULTS (>18 years old)

 

Are you:

  • Having trouble falling asleep?
  • Waking in the night and not able to go back to sleep easily?
  • Waking too early in the morning?
  • Having trouble getting out of bed?
  • Not able to concentrate or function properly at work?
  • Grumpy or tired all day?
  • Experiencing many other daytime consequences because you aren't getting enough sleep?

 

Many adults will experience sleeping difficulties and/or insomnia at some stage of their life, while for many it can become more chronic (ie., longer than 6 months).

Although insomnia is commonly known to be treated with medications, studies have repeatedly shown that psychological treatments, particularly cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-i), are more effective in the long term at treating insomnia. 

Besides insomnia, adults can also experience circadian rhythm disorders. These include the delayed type (a lot like adolescent sleep) and the advanced type (ie., falling asleep early, waking too early). We offer CBT for both of these, and bright light therapy is an integral part of this treatment.

 

Other types of sleep disorders

Apart from the sleep problems listed above, adults can also experience other forms of sleep disorders that can be treated with medical interventions. These disorders include sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, parasomnias, and restless legs. We recommend contacting the Australian Institute for Sleep Health.