Sleep & Insomnia
One of the most overlooked factors in mental health is sleep.
Insomnia and hypersomnia are two issues that can impact people of all ages.
Question 1: What age groups are mostly affected by sleep disorders?
Answer: Sleeping disorders can affect all ages. The younger we are, the more quality sleep we need. Older individuals commonly report sleeping 6-8 hours per night but struggle with getting good sleep quality each night.
Question 2: How much sleep should adolescents be getting each night?
Answer: At least 8 hours per night. Today, adolescents commonly get 4-6 hours of sleep per night due to various reasons. During adolescents, the body grows and the immune system is strengthen. When adolescents sleep 8-10 hours per night, they are more likely to have a higher stress tolerance, better focus, and capable of handling a more active lifestyle.
Question 3: What are the most common factors contributing to insomnia in adolescents?
Answer: Today, it is common for adolescents to spend an extended amount of time on their smart phones, watching television, or in front of their computers prior to bed. Other factors include staying up late doing homework, pervasive anxiety, and depression. Adolescents may fall asleep eventually but are expected to wake up a few hours later for school.
Question 4: What are the most common factors contributing to insomnia/hypersomnia in adults?
Answer: Adults suffering from sleeping disorders report chronic life stress, depression, and poor sleep hygiene as major factors affecting sleep.
Question 5: How can therapy help me with my sleeping problems?
Answer: Therapy can often uncover any underlying emotional issues that may be contributing to sleep quality. Additionally, individuals of all ages report poor organizational skills that lead to late nights and early mornings. Therapy can help with the development of a skill set that can address sleep issues as well as issues with stress, depression, and issues with focus.