Do you lie awake at night tossing and turning, staring at the back of your eyelids or falling asleep only to wake up a few hours later? Are you incredibly low-energy and unfocused during the day, but desperately restless as soon as your head hits the pillow?
Insomnia is more than just a few nights spent tossing and turning; it’s a chronic disorder that can make life feel downright tortuous. As your mind stops functioning at full capacity and you feel physically depleted or in pain, normal tasks become seemingly impossible.
According to the US National Institute of Health, “Sleep loss and sleep disorders are among the most common yet frequently overlooked and readily treatable health problems.” If you struggle with insomnia, the good news is, effective treatment is available. And The Dawn offers a holistic programme delivered by a compassionate team of mental health professionals who can help you get your life back.
Insomnia is marked by the following symptoms:
Sleep loss is considered to be chronic when you’re unable to sleep normally for at least three nights per week, for over a month. Its side effects include:
Far more than just its symptoms, insomnia often points to underlying reasons for the inability to sleep. Addressing those can improve your life in a holistic sense, beyond feeling better rested. Common causes of insomnia include:
Prescribed medications like beta blockers and antidepressants can interfere with your ability to sleep. Recreational drugs also significantly disrupt your body’s natural rhythms. While marijuana and alcohol may seem like tempting sleep aids, the reality is that while they may initially help you fall asleep, they rob you of the most important part of your sleep cycle - REM sleep – leaving you feeling tired during the day.Read More
If you struggle with anxiety, you may find yourself lying awake at night thinking about your worries and fears, or have trouble relaxing in general. You may also experience nocturnal panic attacks, which strike during your sleep. If this occurs regularly, it could lead to chronic sleep deprivation.Read More
Depression deregulates your normal sleep patterns. While some depression sufferers experience hypersomnia (sleeping too much, but still feeling groggy), others are unable to sleep. Lack of sleep, in turn, worsens symptoms of depression, which is why it’s important to treat this underlying cause.Read More
The symptoms of PTSD - hyperarousal, hypervigilance, flashbacks and nightmares - do not lend themselves well to sleep. Studies show that up to 70 percent of PTSD victims struggle with insomnia. Trauma has a pronounced effect on your sleep cycle and can eventually lead to chronic insomnia if left untreated.Read More
At The Dawn, we don’t just treat your insomnia symptoms, we treat your underlying issues so it doesn’t recur. We do this via a holistic approach that takes your whole lifestyle into account: your background, relationships, psychological concerns and physical state. Your dedicated therapist will oversee your entire treatment process. And, they’ll help you put a personalised recovery plan in place to make sure you continue your healthy sleep patterns well after you leave treatment with us.
At The Dawn, we help you change behaviours that cause your disordered sleep patterns and learn new behaviours that promote sleep. Our expert clinical team uses a combination of evidence-based treatment methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy (MCBT) to create lasting change without the use of prescription medications, which can be habit-forming and lead to escalating use.
We also employ complementary techniques like sleep restriction therapy, reconditioning and supportive wellness practices to encourage relaxation on a deeper level. We look into any anxiety, depression, co-occurring addictions or underlying health conditions that could be interfering with your sleep, and recommend behavioural changes that promote regular rest.
We offer a variety of holistic wellness services that serve to make your treatment process more effective, and give you tools to maintain your healthy sleep patterns after you return home. These include:
During your stay with us, you’ll also have full access to our gym, swimming pool and meditation spaces to help clear your mind and encourage relaxation during your free time.
At our tranquil riverside residential retreat, you will be immediately removed from the environment that your mind and body associate with sleeplessness. You will live in a space completely curated for your recovery, so you can focus on relaxation and wellness without the distracting pressures of your daily demands.
The Dawn’s peaceful sanctuary in the idyllic countryside of Northern Thailand is the perfect place to recharge from chronic sleep loss. At our resort-style facility, you’ll stay in comfortable private accommodation, receive regular individual and group therapy and have the opportunity to explore the Chiang Mai area on exciting nature and cultural excursions. And, you will participate in a full schedule that’s designed to help you effectively manage your energy throughout the day.
Our all-inclusive programmes cost less than half the price of similar premium-standard treatment centres in the West.
We provide a mixture of Eastern and Western methods to ensure that our clients get all the tools that they need to lead a happy life.
We believe in healing the whole person. You will receive intensive psychotherapy, but meditation, relaxation, and recreational activities will all play an important therapeutic role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn: