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Insomnia Specialist

Balanced Mental Wellness

Psychiatric Mental Health Care located in Englewood, CO

Not being able to sleep isn't just frustrating and depressing – it can have a serious impact on your health and well-being. At Balanced Mental Wellness in Englewood, Colorado, Chelsie Monroe, PMHNP-BC, Sarah Stalder, PMHNP-BC, and the team use proven methods including CBT-I (cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia) to help you get a good night's sleep. Call Balanced Mental Wellness to find out more or book an appointment online today.

Insomnia Q&A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia means having problems sleeping. You might be unable to get to sleep or find you frequently wake through the night. Many people experience both these problems. The amount of sleep individuals need varies, but for most, 7-9 hours a night is about right.

Without enough sleep, your mind and body suffer. The fatigue sets in, and you start feeling irritable and have attacks of sleepiness in the daytime that leave you unable to stay awake. Over time, your mental health can deteriorate, and you may develop conditions like depression. Your physical health also starts to suffer if you lack good quality sleep. 

Having an odd bout of insomnia because you're nervous about an upcoming event or having a stressful few days isn't usually a cause for concern. However, if your insomnia is becoming a frequent problem, it's best to make a check-up appointment at Balanced Mental Wellness.

What causes insomnia?

Insomnia might be a symptom of a mental health disorder or a complication caused by a physical illness. It can also develop for no identifiable reason, but some of the most likely causes of insomnia are: 

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic pain
  • Sleep apnea
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Shift work
  • Eating late at night 
  • Caffeine and other stimulants 
  • Certain medications
  • Advancing age

Poor sleep habits are often responsible for insomnia. For example, irregular bedtimes and sleeping during the day can upset your natural sleep patterns, resulting in insomnia.

How is insomnia treated? 

Getting to the root of your insomnia ensures you receive the most appropriate treatment. The Balanced Mental Wellness team can check your medications to see if they're causing sleeplessness and make sure you're managing any chronic health conditions properly.

Good sleep habits are vital. Regular bedtimes, cutting out naps, and avoiding stimulants all help. Make sure your bed is comfortable and you've got the right environment – darkness often helps you sleep, so if your room is too light, try blackout blinds or curtains.

You should also avoid screen time before bed, so no television, phones, tablets, laptops, or game consoles. If you're still having insomnia problems, the Balanced Mental Wellness team uses CBT-I to treat insomnia.

What is CBT-I?

CBT-I (cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia) is a comprehensive program that uses a combination of methods to help you get a refreshing night's sleep. Your individualized CBT-I treatment plan could include:

  • Passive wakefulness
  • Light therapy
  • Sleep restriction
  • Healthy sleep strategies
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Biofeedback
  • Breathing exercises
  • Stress management
  • Diet and exercise

CBT-I counseling helps you manage your insomnia and adjust the negative thoughts your condition provokes. You can have one-to-one and group CBT sessions to help with your insomnia.

To find out more about CBT-I and how it could relieve your insomnia, call Balanced Mental Wellness today, or book an appointment online.