Sleep Counsellor Reception

Everyone who has disrupted sleep can come to a sleep counsellor’s reception. The sleep counsellor helps you to deal with a sleep disorder and problems caused by this.

 

Initial Consultation

The counsellor shall conduct an initial interview and ask the patient to fill in surveys on sleep disorders. If required, the person is referred to sleep tests, a sleep doctor, or an ear-nose-throat doctor.

During the initial consultation, the sleep counsellor shall get to know the patient’s complaints, attitudes, and sleeping habits.

It is vital to specify sleep-related habits, including:

  • bedtime and awakening time,
  • waking up at night,
  • other sleep behaviours.

In order to specify the extent and depth of symptoms, the specialist may ask the patient to fill in surveys and a sleep diary at home or in the centre.

The sleep counsellor shall draw up a personal sleep schedule (filling the sleep diary), talk thoroughly about sleep hygiene. The sleep counsellor also handles behavioural treatment of insomnia and provides information on relaxing exercises.

 

Repeat visits

The sleep counsellor focuses mainly on cognitive behavioural psychotherapy for insomnia (CBT-I) but also uses different worksheets and other forms of therapy, as required, as well as techniques.

To achieve the best treatment outcome, the patient might have to fill in surveys both at home and in the centre, keep a sleep diary, and perform treatment tasks. Mostly, home exercises are alternated with supportive and additional appointments.

Among relaxation techniques, the Buteiko method and mindfulness/stress reducing techniques are actively used.
The Buteiko method retrains incorrect breathing habits. Today, people breathe too quickly and irregularly, resulting in hyperventilation (excessive breathing), which in turn causes stress and anxiety. Such excessive breathing results in a CO2 level in the body that is too low, which is one of the causes for asthma and hyperventilation. Carbon dioxide should not fall below 4-3% in our lungs, this starts to affect all the functions of our body. The Buteiko method uses different techniques to help children who breathe through the mouth to use nasal breathing again. In addition, breathing techniques are used for panic disorders and anxiety.

Mindfulness/stress reducing techniques help us to live in the moment. The fast and stressful living environment around us does not allow us to exist in the moment; instead, our thoughts constantly jump to the past and the future. These techniques help to lower anxiety and stress and keep them under control; this method is especially efficient for keeping negative thoughts at bay.

 

Devices

An actigraph is one the tools used, with the help of which the patient’s physical activity is monitored. The device is placed on the wrist, registering movement or the lack thereof. Livelier movements indicate wakefulness. It differentiates the actual periods of sleep and wakefulness. This is used together with the keeping of a sleep diary.

 

Questionnaires

In addition to the sleep diary, several questionnaires are used under the guidance of a sleep counsellor:

  • Uppsala sleep questionnaire
  • (EAQ) Emotion awareness questionnaire
  • Epworth’s sleepiness scale
  • Insomnia severity index (ISI)
  • Sleep hygiene habit scale
  • Questionnaire about irrational beliefs and attitudes about sleep

PLEASE NOTE! Before coming to the appointment, please fill in and take with you a sleep test questionnaire and keep a sleep diary for at least two weeks. When booking an appointment, the sleep centre administrator shall send the required questionnaires to your e-mail.

 

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