What is insomnia? Are there natural insomnia treatments that don't require sleep medications?
Whether it’s better overall health, more mental focus, or increased energy, the benefits of a full, natural night of sleep are second to none. But for those of us who struggle with insomnia, finding success with sleep is often harder than it should be.
At The Insomnia Clinic, we specialize in identifying the cause of your insomnia and helping you get back to a healthy sleep pattern. Everything we do revolves around our two exclusive systems of Guided Sleep Discovery™ and Sleep Recovery Training™. Through our unique combination of workshops, personalized coaching, and one-on-one clinical care, we are committed to helping you rediscover blissful sleep that energizes you for living your best life.
In order to do that, let’s take a look at what insomnia is and how we can help you cure it naturally. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions:
What is insomnia?
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, insomnia is “persistent difficulty with sleep initiation, duration, consolidation or quality.” Basically, you might suffer from insomnia if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. But it doesn’t stop there. You might have insomnia if you fall asleep easily but find that you wake up feeling tired or groggy, or if you experience frequent interruptions in your sleep without being aware of it.
Everyone experiences a sleepless night from time to time. In fact, that’s totally normal! However, if you’re frequently (more than three or four nights per week) not getting the amount of natural sleep your body needs, it can affect your day-to-day life. People who struggle with insomnia often experience a range of daytime symptoms like low energy, memory trouble, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. Significant problems like depression, anxiety, and substance abuse can also become issues when you’re not getting the rest you need.
What causes insomnia?
There is a vast array of causes for insomnia, which is why patients who suffer from it can sometimes feel frustrated or defeated. The key to constructively dealing with insomnia is to first identify the unique driving factors and then create a plan to tackle them, which is what our Guided Sleep Discovery™ program aims to do. Here are some common causes for insomnia:
- Substances – Even if consumed during the day, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine can prevent a restful night’s sleep.
- Mental health concerns – Are you dealing with feelings of depression, anxiety, or stress? Often, mental health matters play a large part in sleeping soundly.
- Medical issues – Physical illness, pain, sleep apnea, neurological problems, and sleep disorders are just a few issues that can cause insomnia.
Many times, patients might be experiencing one or more of the things listed above, which can exacerbate the problem. But be encouraged! We believe every sleep problem has a solution, and we aim to help you find the cure for yours.
What are some remedies for insomnia?
The most common treatment for insomnia is medication. While a prescription might be effective in helping you sleep, it acts as a “band-aid” by treating the symptom without treating the cause of the problem. Sleep medications can also be addictive and have unwanted side effects like prolonged drowsiness, headaches, dizziness, and gastrointestinal problems. While sleep medications can be helpful for the short term, most medical professionals agree that they’re not ideal as a long-term solution.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
Recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the National Institute of Health as an effective way to combat insomnia, CBT-I focuses on two main components of sleep training. The cognitive portion of therapy helps you to recognize beliefs that may be hindering your sleep. The behavioral part aids in developing healthy sleep habits that combat the negative behaviors that are keeping you from sleeping. CBT-I techniques can include stimulus control therapy, sleep restriction, sleep hygiene, relaxation training, biofeedback, and more.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can benefit nearly anyone with sleep problems. CBT-I can help people who have primary insomnia as well as people with physical problems, such as chronic pain, or mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. What’s more, the effects seem to last. And there is no evidence that CBT-I has negative side effects.” At The Insomnia Clinic, we believe that CBT-I therapy is a safe and effective way to naturally cure sleep issues, no matter how severe.
How can The Insomnia Clinic help me?
Insomnia comes in many shapes and sizes. Determining the “shape” of your sleep (or lack of it) is the first step of the sleep discovery process. Our Guided Sleep Discovery™ program helps you identify your sleep problem and craft a plan to solve it. Our Sleep Transformation Training™ program teaches the scientifically proven process of reversing changes in the brain caused by insomnia, strengthening your natural sleep systems, and removing obstacles to healthy sleep.
During your first visit, we’ll pair you with your own personal insomnia specialist so you can work together to solve the puzzle of your poor sleep through our Guided Sleep Discovery program. Then, we’ll help you create a personalized Sleep Recovery Plan using proven techniques specifically tailored to your needs. After we create your plan, we’ll provide expert training, guidance, and help through every step of the process. Our specialists are trained by an American Academy of Sleep Medicine certified doctor so you can be assured you have the best care. As you break free from medication dependency and start experiencing more restful sleep, we’ll be the first people to congratulate you and celebrate with you.
What are the benefits of seeking treatment at The Insomnia Clinic?
Healthy, natural sleep energizes and motivates you to live your best life. Here are some of the benefits our patients have experienced from treatment:
- Energy – When you’re energized and motivated, you can be at your best for family, friends, work, sports, and even retirement.
- Clarity – Healthy sleep is the foundation for memory and focus.
- Health – Sleep is critical for maintaining optimal health and for recovering from injury or illness in both mind and body.
- Freedom – Heading down the road of a healthy sleep pattern gives you the freedom to live your life without worrying about medication or the consequences of a bad night’s sleep.