Sleep disorders and mental health go hand-in-hand. People with mental health conditions often have a hard time sleeping. In fact, sleep problems can be a first sign of an existing psychological disorder. On the flip side, scientists now know that a sleep disorder increases your risk for developing a new mental health problem.
Depression is just an example of the connection. It’s estimated that 65-90% of adults and 90% of children with depression have a hard time sleeping. Meanwhile, people with insomnia are 4 times more likely to become depressed, when compared with people with normal sleep patterns. In teens, sleep problems often develop before signs of depression emerge.
While there are more than 70 different types of sleep disorders, some of the most common conditions that benefit from therapy include:
At RobinsPsych, the medical staff successfully treats insomnia with behavior therapy — a treatment option that helps you avoid medications and their side effects. It’s also important to evaluate if an underlying psychological disorder is a factor in your sleep problems, so that it can be treated. A variety of therapeutic techniques can eliminate sleep disorders and improve sleep quality:
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