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Sleep disorders and insomnia treatment

Sleep disorders


More than a third of all adults in Québec suffer from sleep disorders. These have various causes and consequences. They therefore require an appropriate treatment approach. We can divide sleep disorders into three main categories:

 

  • Dyssomnias, insomnias of psychological origin that alter the quantity and quality of sleep;
  • Parasomnias, sleep disorders that take the form of unconscious movements and perceptions during the sleep period;
  • Sleep disorders related to a mental or neurological condition, or caused by other illnesses.

Dyssomnias can be related to:

  • emotional stress, causing you to fall asleep during non-scheduled periods;
  • a modification to an element in your sleep environment (noise, light, change of location, etc.), an important life event, or an anxiety factor (job change, illness, loss of a loved one, etc.), increasing the time it takes to fall asleep, the frequency of waking up during the night, and the earliness of waking up in the morning;
  • a trip at high altitude (due to the shortage of oxygen in the air);
  • taking medications or alcohol, or consuming excessive amounts of coffee, which increases sleep onset latency, drowsiness, and nighttime awakenings, and reduces sleep duration.

Parasomnias can take the form of:

 

  • somnambulism (sleepwalking), the cause of which is unknown;
  • nocturnal bruxism, of which stress seems to be the major trigger factor;
  • secondary enuresis (bedwetting), caused by emotional disorders, infections, urinary abnormalities, or even epilepsy.

Sleep disorders are also observed in cases of:

 

  • mental conditions such as depression or manic depression;
  • neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or Tourette’s syndrome;
  • other conditions such as asthma or gastroesophageal reflux.

At PsySol, we treat sleep disorders related to anxiety using the following approaches, either separately or combined, depending on the case:

 

  • Drug therapy;
  • Behavioural therapy;
  • Neurofeedback;
  • Electrotherapy.

 

We thereby help our patients improve their control over their anxiety, and they experience, as the treatment progresses, a gradual reduction in their sleep disorders until they’ve completely disappeared.

You need information or wish to make an appointment? Don’t hesitate to contact us !