Sleep Hygiene Facts
Approximately 40 million individuals in the U. S. suffer from chronic insomnia.
Up to 70% of individuals with insomnia may not report it to their clinician.
Conditions associated with insomnia include, improper sleep hygiene, medical illness, restless leg syndrome, effects from medication or substance abuse and psychiatric to mention a few.
Insomnia may be a risk factor for various psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
Insomnia due to psychiatric illness, especially depression, may be more likely to persist than insomnia due to other causes.
Patients with depression who complain of insomnia show worse treatment response and increase depressive episodes.
“I believe that sleep is a significant contributing factor to mental illness and assessing clients current sleep status is important to me. I have included a sleep hygiene handout that I use with clients as I believe the best way to start treating sleep problems is to first use behavioral interventions.” – Rebecca