Are you having problems sleeping night after night, feeling tired, stressed and anxious?
Get positive results with a therapy that’s established as the leading first-line treatment for insomnia.
Most people experience a bout of insomnia at some point in their lives. Most of the time, insomnia resolves in a reasonable amount of time. This type of insomnia is called acute (short-term).
Acute Insomnia is often due to temporary life stressors like a job change, relationship problems, or other life circumstances. When the stress lessens, normal sleep usually returns.
Situational factors like travel, an important event, a physical health problem, pain, a psychological condition (such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, or ADHD), or some types of medication may also contribute to insomnia.
Sometimes our attempts to deal with Acute Insomnia, such as going to bed much earlier, staying in bed longer, or trying to nap during the day, can create “the perfect storm” for Chronic Insomnia to take hold.
For about 1 in 10 adults, acute insomnia doesn’t resolve and may continue for months or years. Insomnia is usually considered chronic (long-term) when it lasts for more than 3 months.
It may start as a reaction to a stressor, but it continues even though the stressor or event is no longer occurring. Once it becomes chronic, insomnia usually doesn’t resolve on its own.
Chronic Insomnia is defined as inadequate or poor-quality sleep characterized by:
- trouble getting to sleep
- hard to stay asleep
- waking up too early in the morning
- non-restorative sleep
- daytime consequences caused by the sleep disturbance (e.g., fatigue, irritability, diminished concentration, etc.)
The Root of Insomnia
Hyperarousal decreased sleep drive, and altered sleep rhythm are at the root of chronic insomnia.
Hyperarousal may feel like the inability to “turn off” your brain and/or body when it’s time to sleep. Thoughts related to sleep can interfere with sleep, including worry and rumination about falling or staying asleep, focusing on the possible daytime effects of poor sleep, and inaccurate beliefs about sleep.
Any combination of these thoughts may create anxiety and cognitive arousal, which often leads to physical tension, all of this can lead to insomnia.
Sleep drive is designed to naturally build up over the day while awake and be released when we go to bed (think of a balloon filling and then releasing). We build sleep drive by being awake, active and out of bed. A week sleep drive contributes to insomnia.
The behaviours we use to deal with a bout of acute insomnia may lead to an altered sleep rhythm and to the bed and bedroom becoming paired with frustration, worry and wakefulness. Over time repetitive pairing or simply thinking about sleep can signal the body and the brain to be awake.
Start sleeping better with Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), the gold standard treatment for insomnia backed by over 30 years of scientific research.
Sleep Counselling Basics
Work with someone who understands what it is like to struggle night after night with sleep problems.
Learn why all of the efforts you are putting into sleep hygiene are not fixing your insomnia.
Get the help and support you need to beat insomnia with one-on-one counselling sessions and between-session support!
Get to the bottom of what is causing your sleep problems with a comprehensive assessment that includes recommended treatment options.
Work with a trained counsellor who can help with related problems such as stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, self-esteem, and ADHD.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) has been shown to be more effective, longer-lasting, safer, and costs less than the long-term use of sleeping pills.
Fix Your Sleep
10-week group series, online
Based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) & Transdiagnostic Approach to Sleep Problems. If you’re having trouble with sleep and your efforts are not helping, this group was designed for you! Get the help and support you need to start sleeping better.
Treatment for those with a wide range of sleep and circadian rhythm problems, such as insomnia, daytime sleepiness, poor sleep quality, and irregular sleep-wake schedules. The treatment is appropriate for most individuals with sleep problems, including those with mental health concerns.
Have more restful nights with Image Rehearsal Therapy for Nightmares. Imagery Rehearsal for Nightmares is an evidence-based treatment to help decrease the frequency, distress, and intensity of nightmares and improve sleep quality.
Find out more about the root of your insomnia with a comprehensive history and assessment of your sleep problems. Includes screening for sleep disorders and treatment recommendations. Required before starting Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).
CBT for Insomnia
Beat Chronic Insomnia and sleep anxiety with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), the gold standard treatment for insomnia! CBT-I can be used along with other therapies for trauma, depression, chronic pain, acquired brain injury, sleep apnea, ADHD, and anxiety.
CPAP Mask Desensitization
Untreated sleep apnea can impact your health. Move forward with your sleep apnea treatment with CPAP Mask Desensitization. CPAP Mask Desensitization is a simple, effective treatment to deal with mask-related claustrophobia and improve your comfort level with your CPAP mask.
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