Module 16: Treatment For Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders and poor quality sleep are at an all-time high across the globe and have been increasing dramatically in recent years creating a significant problem for our collective mental health.
Many turn to prescription sleep aids to try and get a restful night’s sleep. However, these medications can come with some significant side effects, the risk of dependency, and don’t address some simple, reversible causes of poor sleep.
So for many people, there is a need to start with the basics of good sleep hygiene and work up from there to design a good night’s sleep.
Along with prescription medications, many people use a variety of supplements as sleep aids. Most popular among these is melatonin, which can be a good option for some people. Speak with your healthcare team to see which options could be appropriate for you.
Alcohol can be quite harmful to our sleep, though it is used by many people to initiate sleep. Research shows us that alcohol induced sleep is actually impaired sleep, because the brain isn’t able to enter it’s normal sleep cycle.
Your brain cannot heal and repair without sleep. And simply put, getting a good night’s sleep consistently can do wonders to improve your mental health. Make sure to check out the resources in this section to help design your ideal sleep routine.