Getting a Good nights sleep is very important to our health, much more so than we realize. Many psychiatric disorders, such as Major Depressive Disorder or General Anxiety can impair sleep. Conversely, poor sleep may be a trigger a psychiatric disorder. Sleep is a necessity; it serves multiple purposes. It is theorized that the brain gets a chance to organize data from the day's activities, and without sleep, this data will be lost. Many sleep experts believe that the cardiovascular system becomes over taxed without sleep.
However, most of us in the 21st Century do not get enough sleep. We may think that we do, but we are actually not functioning at our best when we get less than 8 hours of sleep. Sleep scientist, Michael Walker, gave the analogy of the person at a bar after a few beers. This person may feel, from their own subjective observation, that s/he is well enough to drive, but we know from research that a few drinks slows motor activity and impairs judgment. This person might not be falling down drunk, but if they encounter an emergency situation while driving home, they will not have the resources to respond. 99% of the time, there are no close calls, so from experience of driving home with a few beers in their system, they conclude that they will do just fine driving home. It is the same with sleep. We don't know that we are operating less efficiently, because we are so accustomed to getting by on 5-6 hours of sleep.
Having said that, most of the people who view this page are probably doing so because they know that they aren't getting enough sleep and need help doing so. For this reason, DeVine Interventions is providing you with 2 resources: Tuck, a website that is all about sleep, and sleep hygiene recommendations from the Center for Clinical Interventions.
If you need further help with your sleep, call us, and we will do a psychiatric evaluation to assess the possible causes of your sleep disturbance. In some cases, we may refer to your primary care physician to assess for medical causes, or to a psychiatrist for pharmaceutical interventions. Typically, we are able to treat the problem here at DeVine Interventions. Check out Tuck to learn more about sleep or call us for an appointment. 267-428-0321
Gary J DeVine provides behavioral health treatment to alleviate or eliminate symptoms of mental disorders according to standard clinical practice from a distinctively Christian orientation. He is trained in psychotherapy and continues to educate himself about best practices and utilizes those treatments that are considered best practice by the mental health community. He is committed to obeying all federal and state statutes and the Code of Ethics of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He will respect and protect your confidentiality and privacy according to federal HIPPA laws and Law Code 49.72 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is competent to deliver mental health services to consumers, and when he encounters a client with a disorder for which he is not trained or otherwise qualified to treat, he will refer that consumer to a qualified specialist. Gary is committed to the Hippocratic Oath: "Practice two things in my dealings with disorders: either help or do no harm to the client".