Therapy For Insomnia And Poor Sleep

Are you struggling with sleep?

Are you struggling to get to sleep? Are you getting to sleep but waking up at the slightest thing or waking up in the early hours (say 3.00 or 4.00 am)? Is your lack of sleep starting to get you down?
Have you been to your GP and tried lots of things but still finding it difficult to get a good night?
If this is you, you are not alone. Sleep problems are very common and the British Medical Association suggest that about 1 in 3 adults suffer from insomnia at some time in their lives with the most common causes being worry, lifestyle and environmental factors.
Hypnotherapy can help improve your sleep in a number of ways. Why not get in touch to find out more?

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What Is Insomnia

Insomnia is defined as regular problems in getting to sleep or staying asleep and anyone who has suffered this will know how debilitating it can be. Insomnia can have far reaching effects on our mind and body and make us feel tired in the daytime, irritable, unable to concentrate and less patient with our family, friends and work colleagues. It can also make us more prone to accidents.
Insomnia can be short term or long term, mild or severe. At the severe end people can remain awake for hours each night or not getting any sleep at all. In these cases, people can start becoming worried about night time and associate it with fear. This can become a vicious cycle where the more we worry, the less we sleep.
Sleep problems can be caused by medical problems other than stress and worry and it is important to speak to your doctor if you have been experiencing problems for some time.

How Hypnotherapy Can Help

In my clinical practice I often see a cruel irony at work for people who suffer with sleep problems. This is because they know and practice good sleep hygiene but they still can’t sleep. They have cooler bedrooms, black out curtains, they refrain from caffeine and alcohol and do not watch tv or look at screens before bed and yet they still can’t sleep. They take their prescribed medications regularly, they have warm baths, use calming oils and read gentle books and yet they still can’t sleep. They are intelligent, knowledgeable people and yet they still can’t sleep.

Since qualifying as a hypnotherapist I have helped many people to improve their sleep. This has either been directly for people who have come for specific help with sleep and indirectly for people who have come for help with other things, like anxiety, low mood or lifestyle changes.

Hypnotherapy for sleep involves explaining how the subconscious mind is central to a good night and how it can associate sleep and night-time with worry and fear. We also explain how trying to battle with our mind make things worse. We provide you with a sleep audio to listen to each night in bed and teach you techniques to manage the difficult nights. During the therapy sessions we use hypnosis to help you feel deeply calm, relaxed and safe and help your mind associate sleep with a normal, restorative part of life again.

Getting a better night’s sleep is crucial for our wellbeing. It’s an important benefit of hypnotherapy.

When our sleep improves we feel better and more optimistic

Self Care

If you have been struggling with sleep problems for some time, it is easy to wonder if you will ever have a good night again. I totally understand this from my own experience and from helping others and am confident that you can. Alongside the self care suggestions on the NHS website, I would have a think about these 3 things:
1) Sleep is improved indirectly particularly in reducing stress and anxiety in our lives. You may be managing more stress that you realise?
2) Sleep is improved when the subconscious mind feels safe and not under attack. Even if you are tired and can only do a little, try to do things which naturally calm the mind. This includes gentle exercise, spending time with friends and doing creative things. Trading one moment of worry about sleep with a moment of calm is worth a great deal.
3) Listening to guided sleep audios at bed time can help. If you would like a free copy of mine without any obligation, please email me: andy@behypnotherapy.co.uk