Sleep is an essential part of well being that is often ignored. Often when someone suffers from depression, they also have issues with sleep. So in therapy, we focus on both alleviating the depression and improving sleep.
Who Suffers From Sleep Issues
Children as well as adults often present with issues with sleep. Teens and college students more than ever are having difficulty balancing their sleep with social activities, the demands of school, and self-care. Learning how to balance their responsibilities with essential self-care such as getting enough sleep and eating healthy foods. Getting good quality sleep is is associated with increased self esteem ,improved moods, and better overall health.
To get better quality sleep:
- Go to bed the same time each night and wake up the same time each morning.
- Sleep in a dark, quiet, comfortable environment.
- Exercise daily (but not right before bedtime).
- Limit the use of electronics before bed.
- Relax before bedtime. Try a warm bath or reading.
- Avoid alcohol and large meals before bedtime.
- Avoid stimulants like nicotine and caffeine.
- Consult a health care professional if you have ongoing sleep problems.
Disrupted sleep, nightmares, sleep apnea, and insomnia are common sleep problems. We will often recommend a Sleep study so that any underlying issues are identified and a proper diagnosis is obtained. Once the diagnosis is clear, treatment and relief are possible.
If you or a loved one is suffering from sleep issues or depression, give us a call or send an email (908-857-4422 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Click on the Book Now button to schedule an appointment.
For more info on sleep, check out a blog on Dr. Marion’s website: Good Sleep and Good Health
And on the NIH website: Good Sleep for Good Health