Sleep is something we all need. It plays an important and vital role in both your physical and mental well being. Psychologists believe this is because when you sleep your body heals and repairs itself. Sleep allows your brain to deal with and process the information collected through the day.
Sleeping problems such as insomnia make it difficult for you to get enough sleep. As well as making you feel tired, the lack of sleep can lead to physical illness and increase your risk of heart disease and obesity. Mentally, not getting enough sleep can lead to you feeling anxious and can make it hard for you to concentrate.
The most common symptoms of insomnia include:
- low levels of concentration
- difficulty thinking clearly
- excessive sleepiness
- anxiety and depression.
Why is sleep so important?
If you are having prolonged periods of disrupted poor sleep or no sleep at all, the damage can affect you instantly or effect you over time.
For example, if you had a poor sleep but need to drive, your low levels of concentration may result in you having an accident. Alternatively, over time the damage can lead you to suffer many chronic health conditions. A prolonged lack of sleep can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.
These health conditions can develop because your blood vessels are unable to repair themselves. If you are not getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to heal.
Psychologists have also found a link between lack of sleep and obesity. Surprisingly, those who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight and obese. The reasons behind this are unclear. However, it is thought that those who don’t get enough sleep may lack the energy to exercise. This level of low energy levels may be compensated for by overeating.
It is known that sleep is important in your ability to learn. It helps your imagination and improves your problem-solving skills. When sleeping problems occur, this ability is hindered. Over time this can make daily activities difficult, impacting your relationships and working life.
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is defined as difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning.
Most of us have experienced a disrupted sleep and will know how it feels when you can’t seem to fall asleep. It might be that you are thinking about something you have to do the next day or have had a coffee too near to bed. Perhaps you found it easy to fall asleep, but continue to wake up through the night. Either way, a poor sleep can leave you feeling exhausted and irritable the next day. Those who suffer from insomnia will experience these feelings regularly.
It is estimated that a third of people in the UK have experienced episodes of insomnia during their lives. While it is not uncommon, it is believed that it can affect any age. However, people over the age of 60 and women appear to be more susceptible.
Hypnotherapy for sleep
When treating your sleeping problems, there are various approaches you could take. It is important to first speak to your GP to rule out any physical causes. Your GP may recommend you take medicine to help you sleep. For some people, this can be an effective treatment, but it is important to try and find out the underlying cause to the problem.
Hypnotherapy is another treatment option that many people find effective. Hypnotherapy for insomnia can tackle the root causes while helping you relax and drift off to sleep. For example, if anxiety or depression is the source of your insomnia, hypnotherapy for sleep may complement your existing treatment. Overcoming these issues will then help to improve your sleep. Alternatively, if a habit is causing your insomnia (such as alcohol) hypnotherapy for insomnia can work to break this habit.
Hypnotherapy for insomnia
While some sleeping problems will appear to have an obvious cause, others do not. Hypnotherapy for insomnia can be helpful if you are unsure why you are having difficulties sleeping.
Using Hypnotherapy will tap into your subconscious to uncover and deal with what may have triggered the problem.
When you have suffered from insomnia for a long period of time, the patterns of sleep disturbances can become embedded in your subconscious. Using Hypnotherapy for insomnia I will communicate this and suggest positive changes. These suggestions will look to break the negative thought patterns causing your problem.
An important part of hypnotherapy for insomnia is teaching you how to relax. For some people, physical or mental tension can make sleeping difficult. I will use relaxation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation to help reduce your tension. The session will help you to develop your routine. practising your routine will improve your sleep hygiene and reduce evening stress.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness. Contrary to myth and popular belief at no time during the session are you in a trance or unaware of your surroundings, instead, you are in a very relaxed state of mind.
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