Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterised by the inability to fall asleep, or the inability to stay asleep. For many people, it is a combination of both. Insomnia can also be known as ‘sleeplessness’ and may be short term (days or weeks) or long term (months or years). Insomnia affects approximately 1 in 3 Australians at any given point in time.
Many people recognise the signs of insomnia by: daytime sleepiness, low mood, high irritability, frequent mood swings, fatigue and signs of what they first think are symptoms of depression. This leads to problems in working, learning, concentrating and day-to-day functioning. If insomnia is prolonged, the person may experience heightened anxiety and panic attacks and more severe physical and psychological symptoms.
Insomnia is a symptom of underlying mental health (and environmental) problems. For example, if a person has experienced the death of a loved one, the grief and loss itself would cause the person to experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, sleeplessness, etc. If this is not treated, over time, these symptoms exacerbate and may manifest into more severe effects that may include the prolonged inability to sleep – insomnia. Other examples include: relationship breakdowns, loss of employment, trauma, financial hardship, being a victim of natural disasters, etc. Basically anything can trigger the symptoms of insomnia in a person’s life.
Please note that it is normal for a person to experience short occasional moments of sleeplessness in their life. At some stage in our lives we have all experienced some form of inability to sleep or stay asleep. However, this only becomes a problem when the person’s physical and emotional health, normal day-to-day functioning and relationships are affected. For example, someone who has suffered from insomnia for a prolonged period of time may experience severe exhaustion (physical and psychological) to the extent that they get into serious accidents. This is usually the time when the person (or their loved one/s) realises they have a problem and seeks help.
The first step in the treatment of insomnia is getting to the root cause of it. This may not be a straightforward process and is quite often the most challenging part of treatment. However, our clinicians work at the client’s pace and support the client every step of the way.
There are many treatments for insomnia. These range from psychological therapies to more holistic treatments such as meditation, yoga etc. Here at DJL CMC, our clinicians perform an initial assessment on each client and ascertains the client’s needs and goals. Not all therapies work for everyone. Similarly, male and female clients have different preferences when it comes to sleep treatment. We work with what suits the client best to achieve the best possible results and an outcome that will leave our clients feeling empowered, satisfied and well-rested!
Please contact us to make an appointment for insomnia treatment counselling in Melbourne.