Insomnia and Sleep Problems
Sleep is one of the most basic but also vital activities. Recent research has connected the quality and duration of our sleep to hormone levels related to hunger, eating behavior, obesity, and overall stress. Major Depression and a number of other mental disorders include sleep disturbance as a symptom, so proper diagnosis of any sleep issue is crucial to attaining the effective treatment.
Insomnia, which is difficulty obtaining a good night's sleep, involves difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep through the night, or early wakenings.
Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:
- depressive elements
- concentration problems
- GI problems
- apprehension about sleep
- increased hunger, overeating
Fortunately, insomnia is very responsive to cognitive behavioral interventions. Typical treatment can occur in a short time if clients are capable of following behavioral recommendations.