- Sleep disorder clinics
- Physical problems such as snoring are probably the most common type of disorder dealt with by sleep disorder clinics.
- Psychological sleep disorders - such as: insomnia, parasomnias and narcolepsy can be dealt with at sleep disorder clinics.
- Many sleep clinics are run privately and offer a variety of services. Often they explain that they use a holistic approach - which means they deal with people of all ages and take the persons lifestyle into account, treating them as a whole.
- Treatments of psychological sleep disorders include: medication, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acupuncture and hynotherapy.
- Medication - prescribed drugs are often used to help with sleeping disorders. E.g. drugs that help to regulate sleeping and waking patterns and are prescribed for narcolepsy and other disorders.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) - sleep disorders are often related to anxiety and CBT addresses unhelpful thinking. E.g. the way a person sees sleep might not be appropriate. They may be distressed about waking up in the night and view sleep negatively because of this. CBT changes their negative thoughts to more practical, positive thoughts about how to manage that time, it may reduce their anxiety and help them to sleep better. It replaces automatic negative thoughts with more positive ones.
- Acupuncture - a form of Chinese medicine, the treatment involves inserting needles at certain related points on the body. Acupuncture can be used to help the body clock to readjust when the sleep-wake cycle is out of step.
- Hypnotherapy - involves the client relaxing thoroughly with a therapist so that the therapist can help uncover any problems the client has and can make suggestions about overcoming their sleep disorder. The therapy is used with insomnia and parasomnias, such as night terrors.