“You’ll feel better after a good night’s sleep” – Perhaps not entirely, but it certainly helps! Difficulty with getting off to sleep, disrupted sleep, and/or early-morning waking can interfere with multiple biological systems in our bodies. This includes regulation of the hormones that influence stress, anxiety, and mood, and other aspects of our physical health too. Fatigue can impact our ability to think clearly, and engage with the world in a meaningful way, so it is unsurprising that our mental health suffers as a result.

Sleep difficulties can be a problem in themselves that a you may seek treatment for. Alternatively, Sleep (or lack of) may contribute to a different problem in an unhelpful cycle. For example, you may find that you have difficulty sleeping because you are awake late at night worrying about things. Alternatively, you may experience early morning waking if you are feeling low and/or sleeping during the daytime.

CBTi is a therapy model designed to specifically target unhelpful cycles of thoughts, feelings, and behaviour patterns in relation to sleep. Treatment may involve making practical changes to your routine or sleep environment, and challenging unhelpful thought patterns and beliefs that may be exacerbating the problem.