Clinical Psychologist, Sleep Well Clinic, Christchurch, NZ
Alex Mortlock trained in Clinical Psychology at the University of Canterbury. He now works in private practice and with the Sleep Well Clinic. Previous postings have been in health and rehabilitation settings, including the Pain Management Centre at Burwood Hospital, SouthernRehab, and WorkRehab, as well as in university student mental health. He uses CBT and ACT-based approaches in an attempt to help clients manage acute and chronic problems. Particular clinical interests include treating sleep disorders, management of chronic health conditions, and working with chronic anxiety and post-traumatic stress.
Focused Interventions for Sleep Problems
Poor sleep amplifies pain symptoms as much as pain problems disturb sleep. The effect of sleep quality on pain can be seen in both day-to-day fluctuations and in the progression of symptoms over time. Simple and effective sleep interventions have the potential to improve daytime alertness, mood, activity levels, cognitive functioning, and experience of physical symptoms. A working knowledge of some targeted cognitive-behavioural techniques can benefit health professionals in all clinical settings.