Insomnia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION: Sleep-Wake Disorder

Many individuals struggle with a sleep issue where they find it difficult to feel refreshed upon waking, experience premature awakening, or face challenges in falling asleep at night.

Defining Insomnia:

This sleep disorder is more than occasional difficulty sleeping. According to the APA, about 6 to 8 percent of adults have symptoms severe enough to be diagnosed with this disorder. The connection between this condition and mental health is significant, as anxiety and depression can both trigger and be worsened by sleep issues, potentially leading to a chronic cycle.

Various mental health disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder, often contribute to varying levels of sleep difficulties.

Recognizing the Symptoms:
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night
  • Waking up too early and not being able to go back to sleep
  • Feeling tired after a night’s sleep
  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Feelings of irritability, depression, or anxiety
  • Trouble focusing, paying attention, or remembering
  • Increased mistakes or accidents
  • Ongoing worries about sleep

Understanding and addressing this sleep issue is crucial for overall health and well-being. Recognizing these signs is the first step toward seeking effective treatment and improving sleep quality.