• Telepsychology and Insomnia

The inability to achieve a night of restorative sleep substantially increases the risk of developing mental health issues. Scientifically, you are at risk of augmenting the symptoms of depression if you are experiencing regular insomnia or sleep disturbances. Complications from lack of sleep, encountering sleep that is regularly disrupted, or a continual lack of recuperative sleep is also linked to anxiety and depressive episodes. The revolution of telemedicine technology and the extraordinary recognition of telepsychology and teletherapy is making it more convenient and less troublesome to receive imperative help for sleep disorder treatments.

Telemedicine: Telepsychology, Sleep Hygiene Treatment, and Telehealth Therapy

There are many inventive telemedicine sleep regimes which diagnose and treat sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea, snoring, and insomnia from the comfort of your home. Several telehealth groups have added telepsychology to their services in order to better serve their patients. Not surprisingly, behavioral and mental health services are experiencing the most accelerated growth in the areas of telehealth and telemedicine; including online diagnosis, therapy, counseling, and addiction treatment. This means that patients simply need access to the internet to address their sleep issues and the interlaced mental health elements, at any time of day from their own home or location of their convenience.

Mental Health, Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

If you suffer from insomnia, your chances of depression are exponential, despite its tenacity to disrupt daily living, insomnia is a treatable condition. Researchers have discovered links between sleep habits and mental health problems. Weekly telepsychology sessions can deliver the help that patients need outside of regular business hours; 24/7/365.

Sleeplessness and Depression

There is a very strong correlation between sleep deprivation and depression. An endless cycle of depression develops, causing sleep deficiencies, and shortchanged sleep can increase the symptoms of depression. Lack of sleep currently impacts a vast majority of our population, and its symptoms result in a lack of productivity and a diminished quality of life. Not surprisingly, the bulk of individuals being treated for mental health symptoms, anxiety and depression, include the primary manifestations of disturbed sleep patterns. Research has shown that improving sleep quality and good sleep hygiene will help alleviate the symptoms of depression, as well as other mental health issues such as anxiety and the symptoms of attention deficit disorder.

Sleep Disorders: Bipolar and Schizophrenia

Often, severe manifestations of mental illness will present with the primary symptoms of sleep disturbances or deprivation. Complicated psychological conditions such as Bipolar disorders and Schizophrenia are often characterized with the hallmark patterns of disturbed sleep or lack of sleep. Disruption of proper sleep compounded with the aforementioned afflictions, serve to deteriorate cognitive and social functioning, making life seemingly intolerable. Research has shown that psychotic symptoms are less likely to occur if the patient is obtaining regular restorative sleep. Employing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to improve the quality and quantity of sleep will ameliorate symptoms such that the patient is better prepared to partake in daily living experiences. Telepsychology CBT sessions address the shortage of mental health services currently attainable. For a myriad of mental health patients, it requires minimal effort to talk and relate their symptoms in their own home, rather than a clinic or physician’s office. Individuals can access the required treatment promptly and with ease of use.

How Does Sleep Benefit Mental Health?

Neuropsychology suggests that obtaining the proper amount of sleep regularly, promotes mental and psychological resiliency. Coping mechanisms are improved with a well-rested mind and body. Practicing good sleep hygiene and a regular sleep schedule is vital to sound mental and physical health. Likewise, individuals with diagnosed illnesses such as Bipolar Disorders and Schizophrenia have learned that their symptoms are ameliorated with sufficient proper sleep. Telemedicine is currently a watershed in terms of treating the duality of deficient sleep and mental health issues, immediately, anywhere and anytime of day.

If you or a friend is struggling to get a good night sleep, consider speaking to a Bonum Health provider through our mobile app!

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