Centurion Healthcare

Insomnia and Disturbed Sleep

Centurion Healthcare's Insomnia Clinic is comprised of an integrated sleep team dealing with the many contributing factors of sleep disorders. What makes our service so unique is the collaboration between sleep physicians, respiratory physicians, and clinical psychologists to address all underlying components of a sleep disorder.

Do I have a sleep disorder?

Sleep apnoea is commonly associated with loud snoring and excessive tiredness during the day. A clinical psychologist can identify and work to reduce the effect of the psychological component in obstructive sleep apnoea. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a technique used to shape the way that the mind works in order to encourage changes in thoughts and behaviours. A common contributing factor of sleep apnoea is day-to-day stress, and health professionals can ease the mind using cognitive behavioural therapy, while introducing some structured changes into a patient's lifestyle.

Insomnia is characterised by difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep at night. A NSW study showed that approximately one third of the sample population exhibited signs of insomnia. Shift workers are particularly at risk, as they have a less consistent diurnal rhythm (24-hr sleep cycle). Individuals who are suffering from insomnia experience lethargy and problems concentrating, are more prone to automobile accidents, and have an increased risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes. A clinical psychologist will help to determine if there are any underlying medical conditions, CBT will be used in order to identify problematic behaviours that may be preventing you from having a good night's sleep.

What is good sleep hygiene?

Sleep hygiene refers to a person's day-to-day sleep regimen, and having a good set of sleep practices is essential to achieving quality sleep. Unfortunately, prioritising work and leisure time, and neglecting the importance of good sleep hygiene can destructure the body's natural sleep cycle, leading to poorer mood and attention during the day. Here is a list of good sleep habits to help improve sleep.