There are many conditions that involve insomnia – substance use disorders, mood-based disorders, anxiety, stress, and other mental illnesses can all cause or be impacted by lack of sleep. As Harvard University states, those with psychiatric conditions are more likely to be sleep deprived than others with no disorder or health condition; chronic sleep problems affect 50% to 80% of patients with mental illnesses compared to 10% to 18% of the general population. For those with bipolar disorder, insomnia may either come before or after a manic episode; for anxiety disorders, insomnia may result from racing thoughts and incessant worrying or it may develop from the disorder itself.
The mind and body require adequate sleep in order to function properly. If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness and are struggling with insomnia, this can affect everything from your mood to your productivity levels, making many aspects of daily life challenging. A 2015 study published in the journal American College of Physicians sought to explore cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) on the effects of participants’ sleep problems. CBT aims to help individuals change their behavior by first recognizing how their thought processes are contributing to their behavior. For instance, a person with anxiety may utilize CBT to understand how their way of thinking is preventing them from living the life they want – with cognitive tools, the person can then practice letting thoughts that are unhelpful go rather than react on them.
Researchers from the study analyzed 20 studies totaling 1162 participants’ experiences with CBT, and sleeping patterns. Results from the overall literature review showed that CBT is an effective form of treatment for insomnia, as clients can focus on stimulus control, sleep restriction, sleep hygiene, and relaxation techniques to improve their sleep. Relaxation techniques may include meditation/mindfulness such as guided imagery, deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and more.
Sleep is a major need for function and vitality, making this a top priority for your health and well-being. If you believe your insomnia is a cause or a result from a mental illness, treatment is available and can help you better manage not only your insomnia, but other symptoms you may be struggling with as well. Speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.