Getting eight hours of sleep a day is a normal and habitual routine with those who do not suffer from any type of sleeping disorder. Sadly, those who have CFS or any other form of sleep disability are often hard-pressed to get even four hours. Others who get 8 hours of sleep still feel exhausted afterwards as if the sleep didn’t help them at all. This can be very challenging as it leads to a decrease in energy throughout the entire day. Having enough sleep and feeling rested is crucial to life in order to perform daily activities and chores or go to work and take care of the children.
Many people have tried prescription medication or other advice from their family doctor which has simply not worked. Fortunately, there are specialist sleep psychiatrists who are trained to treat individuals who suffer with issues involving their sleep patterns and prescribe Sleep Medicine if needed. These psychiatrists are able to identify the root of the problem by engaging in a process of diagnosis to find out if the problem is somehow related to the brain patterns of the person struggling to sleep comfortably. While some patients have experienced difficulties sleeping their entire lives, others have what we call “Situational” disorders that have been triggered by some form of recent event causing the individual to have difficulties sleeping. This is most common after some form of loss. If a person recently has lost a loved one or even is suffering through a divorce, they may begin to have troubles sleeping. If the issue is not resolved healthily and with an experienced psychiatrist, the patient can often be prescribed a heavy drug to force them to sleep and will then become reliant upon this medication without actually solving the root of the problem.
Other individuals have suffered with sleep problems their entire life and in the worst case, known as insomnia which is the inability to sleep. Several well-known psychiatrists offer intensive courses that offer one-on-one help between the psychiatrist and patient to get an understanding of why the individual is unable to sleep. Not only is it important to understand if there are any situational factors playing a part, but also it is important to undergo cognitive behavior therapy to see if there is any sort of cognitive issue leading to the difficulties in sleeping. The therapist will also ask the patient to keep strict records of their sleeping patterns each night and record them in a “log” to allow the therapist to see any improvement as the course goes on. The idea is to resolve the issue at its very heart so that the patient will be able to leave the therapy maintaining their new level with the minimum amount of drugs or pills as possible.