Sleep loss can have adverse effects on many body processes, including the immune system, insulin regulation, blood pressure maintenance and the production of digestive hormones and stress chemicals (Stein, 2005). Additionally, sleep deprivation has been found to be associated with coronary artery calcification, obesity, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, heart disease and stroke (King, 2008).
But it is the negative effect of sleep loss on mental health that is the primary concern of Omaha Sleep Therapy. Consider these statistics:
- Approximately 80% of people with mental health concerns also suffer from insomnia (the overlap with clinical depression runs as high as 85%).
- Contrary to the longstanding view that insomnia is symptomatic of and secondary to depression, sleep science now asserts that insomnia is also a major cause of clinical depression (Naiman, 2006).
- Even in healthy subjects, sleep deprivation has been shown to lead to emotional instability and pathological psychiatric patterns (Anderson, 2007).
- Adolescents with insomnia are at a greater risk for both somatic and psychological problems (Chronic Insomnia, 2008).
Whether you are having difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or feeling refreshed by your sleep, Omaha Sleep Therapy can help. I am a licensed mental health professional in private practice in the Omaha area. I have a Certification in Clinical Sleep Counseling through the Center for Sleep Counseling Studies, and significant experience helping clients improve their sleep.
Call or email me today to take the first step on your journey to better sleep.