Insomnia Support

Best Sleep Therapist for Insomnia

Brianna* came to me when she couldn’t take it anymore…

Brianna: I make more mistakes now than ever. It’s a demanding job, but I enjoy it. It’s just so hard to stay focused these days.

Me: Yeah? Sleep deprivation tends to have that effect on a lot of people. So, you’ve been tracking your sleep for a few days now. Have you noticed what keeps you up at night?

Brianna: Well, yes. I get frustrated about my mistakes, which get in the way of sleep. Also, things sometimes happen at work that bothers me at the moment, but I “let them go” because I don’t want to be known as “that person” – you know, the one who’s always whining or complaining about something. Then, at night, when it’s time for bed, I have all these thoughts running through my head, and I can’t shut them down: conversations from the day, things I wish I had said but didn’t…

Me: That’s good insight… and not uncommon. Is this causing you trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both?

Brianna: Both. I get about 3-4 hours of sleep per night.

Me: Wow, it’s amazing that you can function as well as you are. And what have you tried to resolve this?

Brianna: I’ve tried medication but don’t like taking it. It makes me feel loopy the next day. I’ve tried liquor, which seems to help put me to sleep, but I still wake up in the middle of the night. I’ve tried drinking sleepy teas, having a bedtime routine, and getting out of bed when I can’t sleep.

Me: I see. And what do you hope to gain from our work together?

Brianna: I want to get out of this cycle. I don’t sleep well, so I can’t focus at work, which causes me to make mistakes. When I make mistakes, I get upset because I have high standards. Then, when I get upset, I lie awake at night, replaying scenarios like a broken record.

Me: I can see that. How many hours of sleep would you like to be getting?

Brianna: It would be glorious to get at least seven hours a night.

Me: Well, Abracadabra… you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve all had those nights…

… where frustrations from the day or the weight of the unknown loom over your head, clouding your mind and making it difficult to get to sleep.

Whenever your cortisol levels are up from a stress response in the body, you can forget about creating the relaxed condition you need for sleep. And when cortisol levels are elevated regularly, it can leave you in the throes of a vicious cycle of sleep deprivation. Sound familiar?

Tossing and turning for hours on end?

Staring at the clock?

Hitting the snooze button a hundred times when morning comes too soon?

Even worse, too much sleep deprivation can trigger existing mental health conditions lying dormant beneath the surface… like anxiety or depression.

Help is here!

I will listen to you without judgment.

My job is not to judge what you say to me. My job is to help you process and make sense of your thoughts and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Maybe you’re viewing your snoring bed partner as an Ogre because their snores are so loud they can be heard from across the street. Or perhaps you suffer from perfectionism and criticize everyone around you excessively. Or your mother sex trafficked you as a child, leaving you traumatized with night terrors. I will hold space for you to share openly without fear of judgment.

While you don’t need to spend a lot of time discussing the details of any traumatic experiences, it is essential that you feel comfortable sharing without restraint. Your candid openness helps me develop a realistic appreciation of your past experiences and your current coping strategies.

Using this information, I can provide a targeted treatment plan to help you effectively mitigate sleep disruption. And, of course, I will treat your experiences and narratives with the highest degree of confidentiality. Clients and non-clients alike have often marveled over my warm, “Zen” energy and effortless ability to bring calm to chaotic situations.

I’ll conduct a thorough intake assessment.

Our intake assessment covers four key areas and is designed to assess:

  1. Your adherence to practical sleep hygiene
  2. Nutrition, fitness, and how the timing of meals and exercise may factor into sleep disruption.
  3. Evaluate the effects of everyday stress, mental health conditions, and medications that may contribute to poor sleep quality.
  4. We will assess your sleep environment for appropriate temperature, comfortable bedding, unintended light exposure, and intrusive noises.

The intake process yields insights into the root cause(s) of your sleep disruption.

We’ll address your “sleep stealers.”

The culprits of sleep disruption are often a combination of factors. For example, non-adherence to sleep science through innocent lifestyle habits, in conjunction with “busy mind” syndrome, often leads to delayed sleep onset.

Clients who work remotely or in an office environment may lack adequate sunlight exposure. For most, the solution for this may be easy – increase sunlight exposure. But what to do when the client works the night shift or has a sunlight allergy? This is where we get creative about alternative solutions.

Sometimes, addressing sleep disruption entails co-creating a repeatable bedtime routine that helps dispel the day’s worries away from the mind so clients can settle down for deep, restful, restorative sleep. As a part of this routine, we equip clients with techniques to help them adopt different perspectives on long-standing problems. These techniques can range from anchors to visualization exercises to hypnosis. These tools are designed to help the client transport to heaven island at will, where they achieve a state that reduces cortisol levels and positions the client for sleep.

At other times, our findings may require referral to a specialist for the most current, non-invasive treatment options. A bedding specialist, for example, can equip the bedroom with cooler bedding solutions, such as sheets or comforters designed to optimize comfort. Ultimately, we aim to gain clarity on any sleep stealers and eradicate them.

We’ll develop a customized sleep blueprint tailored to you and your lifestyle.

Sleep hygiene… When we assess for adherence to best practices for sleep hygiene, we inquire about typical sleep/wake schedules, the activities clients engage in during the hours leading up to bedtime, and any bedtime rituals. Certain activities, such as heart-pumping exercises, or even tense conversations, will release hormones designed to promote a state of wakefulness. Our goal is to educate on the activity to stay away from in the hours leading up to bed and lean into other activities most helpful for sleep. Together, we co-create helpful bedtime rituals and resources that support a peaceful and relaxed mind. Nutrition and fitness… When assessing for nutrition and fitness, we check for the types of meals and beverages consumed, including any stimulants such as nicotine or caffeine. We will also inquire about any exercise routines you’re engaging in and the timing of this activity within your circadian rhythm cycle. We will recommend the best time of day to engage in activity, consume meals, and ingest stimulants. Medications and mental health… Evaluating the impact of everyday stress levels and sources of stress is another part of the assessment process. We check for a history of mental illness and its potential role in sleep disruption. Medications are also reviewed for side effects related to sleep disruption. In addition to installing techniques to offset the effects of stress and anxiety, we may refer clients to other helping professionals for additional targeted support. The difference in meeting with medical or clinical staff after visiting our practice versus before is that clients have a much more refined lens on the source(s) of their sleep disruption. This increases the likelihood of an effective, natural, holistic treatment approach. Sleep environment… In analyzing the sleep environment, we inquire about the location(s) where clients most often sleep. It is important to keep a consistent sleep location as much as possible for brain association. We check for electronic devices and their placement in the room(s), noise levels, and light exposure. Average room temperature is a part of the analysis, as is the bedding material itself. We check for inconsiderate roommates or bed partners who may interfere with sleep. Yep, we’ve got non-confrontational solutions to deal with this, too! Unless, of course, you enjoy confrontation, we can help you with that as well! Once the assessment is complete, we will share findings with you and make recommendations in a thorough and personalized sleep blueprint covering each of these areas, to enhance your sleep quality and quantity. Recommendations may include unique solutions to common problems, such as noise and light-blocking products. Since we place a high value on helping clients optimize their sleep naturally, our interventions are also natural. They include neurolinguistic programming techniques, such as mental and emotional release spot treatments, full breakthrough sessions, and hypnosis.

Still awake?

As you can see, there are SO MANY things we can do to give you better sleep. And as you make changes, we’ll track your progress…, and I’ll support you every step of the way! No more fog head! Aren’t you ready for sharper focus, enhanced efficiency, and more energy? Start sleeping better, starting tonight! Request Appointment .
*Name(s) and stories are composite narratives that do not reflect actual clients. Disclaimer: Results may vary, and past performance may not be indicative of results for all clients. A Better You Wellness is in no way a medical program, so no medical diagnosis shall be given, and we will not comment on medical issues. The services that A Better You Wellness provides are not intended to replace or supplement medical advice, nor should they be construed as medical advice. By participating in this service, you agree that none of the advice provided by A Better You Wellness will be considered or relied on as medical advice.