Sleep Difficulties and Insomnia

Sleep is essential for both physical and psychological health and wellbeing. Nevertheless, many people struggle with poor sleep, for instance by experiencing difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much or too little. Dysregulated sleep is associated with fatigue during the day, difficulty with concentration and productivity, and decreased problem-solving ability. Poor sleep is also associated with depression, anxiety, and a compromised immune response–making people more susceptible to illness.

Talk therapy can be effective toward improving sleep. By gathering a full picture of a person’s daily functioning, sleep routines, stress level, and other contributing factors, a psychologist can help create a personal plan to restore healthier sleep. Our approach includes modifying sleep schedules, teaching stress management techniques, and improving so-called sleep hygiene. In addition to talk therapy, some people may need the attention of a medical specialist: we regularly collaborate with physicians and other providers when necessary, to deliver an integrative approach.

Our Experiences with Sleep Concerns

Sam Macy, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Macy has experience addressing sleep concerns and restoring sleep health. Whether sleep concerns exist in isolation or as part of a wider context of anxiety and life challenges, he takes an integrative and holistic approach. In addition to the sleep interventions discussed above, he also may utilize mindfulness, progressive muscle relaxation, and other skills drawn from cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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Stephanie Carrera, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Carrera helps her clients explore how their sleep and current work/life alignment affect each other. Clients working with Dr. Carrera can also explore the various social and cultural messages they receive about sleep hygiene. She incorporates body-based, mindfulness-based, and compassion-based exercises in session for her clients to apply what they learn outside of therapy.

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