Sleep Disturbances & Insomnia Therapy in Boca Raton & Boynton Beach
MorMindful Therapy & Psychiatry offers CBT solutions for those suffering from insomnia and other related sleep disorders.
The number one predictive factor of mental health is sleep. That means that there are natural interventions you can learn to improve quality of sleep and minimize sleep disturbances. Often times a mental health episode (for example depression or anxiety) actually begins with loss of sleep and then snow balls from there creating a cycle of loss of sleep, exacerbated symptoms of mental health and then even more loss of sleep or even insomnia.
There are natural remedies available at MorMindful Therapy & Psychiatry we recommend you try before thinking about medication management or sleeping pills. Here are a few:
Although there are many types of sleep disturbances, three of the more common sleep maladies include Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, and Night Terrors.
Andrew S. Kaplan, LMFT, MHC, CCTP, CBT-I
Insomnia is a sleep disorder which causes a person to have trouble falling and/or staying asleep. Insomnia can be short-term (acute) or can last a long time (chronic) and may result from unresolved Mental Health symptoms. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax too much to allow normal breathing. Sleep apnea is seen in all age groups, but the frequency increases with age and obesity. Sleep terrors are episodes of screaming combined with intense fear and flailing while still asleep. Also known as night terrors, sleep terrors are often the result of unresolved traumatic experiences.
My training and credentialing in CBT-I, (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia) involved completion of a 20-hour course to treat Insomnia. The training educated me on the important role that building Sleep Drive, understanding Circadian Rhythms, and improving Sleep Environment play in developing healthy sleep habits otherwise known as sleep hygiene. Using tools (such as a Sleep Log) and identification of coping skills in a therapeutic environment will address stressors that affect proper sleep habits.
The Insomnia program that I provide involves an initial one-hour assessment followed by six to eight 45-minute sessions (depending on severity level) that can restore proper sleep habits and has the potential to be life changing.
As part of the coursework, you will learn how to:
Change Your Thoughts about Sleep
Establish Sleep-Promoting Habits
Develop Relaxation Responses
Enhance Sleep Attitudes
Cope Better with Stress
At times, secondary sleep disturbances such as Sleep Apnea or Night Terrors are also identified. Although the CBT-I program does not address them, they can be resolved through medical or therapeutic interventions instead. Anyone struggling with issues related to sleep, I will recommend a sleep study which can be prescribed by our in-house psychiatrist, as well as psychiatry sleep appointment in our office.