To sleep well. A desire of many Portuguese. The key lies in the right therapies to each sleep disturbance, since its quality might be affected by various reasons.
“My sleep problems have always haunted my days (and nights) and, although I was aware of the fact that some thoughts could influence the way I handled sleep, it was not until I attended a cognitive-behaviour therapy for sleep disturbances that I realized that it was possible to change after all.
Inês, 38, says that despite the fact that she is currently “in a transition process into a drug-free sleep, this intervention has restored the confidence in the ability to look at sleep as a natural process.”
Many people still think that sleep quality depends mainly on uncontrollable factors, but Inês explains that it is not always the case. “In this kind of therapy we learn to change some types of behaviour that already form part of our routines, not knowing that they are bad for us. Most surprisingly, it all lies in simple things! Changing our intimate thoughts is certainly not a simple task, but when the pieces start to come together and the concepts learned start to make sense, we realize that everything is within our reach.”
Another frequent myth has to do with the swiftness of results. Integrative counselling are essential, given the wide scope of this theme. It is also important to accept that improvements in sleep occur progressively and not instantaneously. It involves a series of steps and new aspects might appear which we never thought could influence sleep quality. Inês has already gone through “many phases: there were phases where I slept without pills, others where I slept badly with pills and phases where I had to go back in my medication, but I never felt so well-advised as at the Sleep Centre.
It is always worth dedicating some time of our lives to solving a problem that affects us so deeply. When I finally was able to do it, changes started to happen”.