Sleep is a universal phenomenon. It is restorative and helps us to integrate experiences, think clearly and creatively, and grow. Years of research, clinical work, and personal experience lead me to value sleep as one of the most important aspects of wellbeing.
Unfortunately, poor sleep is a common problem. We often exchange our sleep time for other activities, or cannot get to sleep when we finally finish a day's work.
I work with individuals who struggle with sleep and those who wish to learn skills to optimise sleep. I use evidence-informed therapies backed by decades of research. This includes cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBTi), imagery rehearsal therapy for nightmare disorder, and chronotherapy for circadian rhythm sleep/wake disorders.
Often people feel as if they have tried everything to improve sleep. Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBTi) is the first-line treatment for insomnia, though it is rarely offered in New Zealand.
CBTi is comprised of a suite of tools that teach you to think and act differently about your sleep. It is a non-pharmacological therapy (i.e., no drugs), and you can start it even if you are currently taking sleeping medication. It involves trying new techniques, including a different sleep schedule, specific sleep behaviours, relaxation exercises, mindfulness, and thought experiments.