For some individuals, just trying to sleep on a regular schedule is a really big challenge, and something like Daylight Savings Time can definitely make it even more difficult.
(PRWEB) March 12, 2013
Mental health treatment professionals and sleep experts at the Birmingham Maple Clinic recently reported that existing sleep problems and those that typically occur as a result of Daylight Savings Time can affect individuals for long after the time change occurs. Rita Mueller, MA, LLP and Certified Sleep Counselor, said “For some individuals, just trying to sleep on a regular schedule is a really big challenge, and something like Daylight Savings Time can definitely make it even more difficult. That’s why it’s important to speak to a mental health professional if you are having trouble sleeping, as a lack of sleep can lead to a number of health problems.”
The Birmingham Maple Clinic, which offers mental health treatment for many common conditions, reported in a new blog post that the sleep problems that occur as a result of Daylight Savings Time can be reduced by sticking to a normal bedtime and wakeup time each day, and by getting exposed to early morning sunlight, which is a natural regulator for the human body.
At the Clinic, Mueller treats patients with sleep issues using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, identifying rigid thoughts and maladaptive behaviors that contribute to poor sleep. Clients receive weekly homework assignments to track sleep/wake patterns, reflect about time spent in bed, and replace negative thoughts that disrupt sleep. Those who are suffering from sleepless nights should consider treatment from a Certified Sleep Counselor, as it is an important mental health condition.
Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan since 1972, providing services for individuals, couples, families, groups and the community. The clinic provides treatment for a variety of psychological conditions, including child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, sleep disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit birminghammaple.com.