You know the feeling…. you go to bed and lay there with your mind churning….. you toss and turn, feeling in turn too hot and then too cold. Feet out of the bed, back under the covers. Your mind is racing, you find it almost impossible to remember what a good night’s sleep feels like. You sleep fitfully and wake feeling exhausted.
Or you drift off to sleep easily within half an hour of going to bed and quickly fall deeply asleep……only to wake with a bang in the early hours, wide awake and alert. You check the clock, and groan, and begin to count all of the things you have to do the following day which will be made more difficult if you are tired. You try to go back to sleep but now your mind is full of anxiety, circular thoughts chase each other round and round, and all the time the clock ticks away your precious minutes of sleeping time…. Insomnia…..
Common causes of Insomnia
It is common to find yourself feeling low or stressed, particularly during the current pandemic. If you feel generally depressed, anxious and panicky, then this can lead to insomnia. Alternatively, insomnia can be caused through pain, or a pre-existing medical condition. However, if insomnia has come from nowhere, and has become the new normal, so that you worry about not sleeping during the day and go to bed expecting not to sleep well, then insomnia itself has become the issue.
Types of Insomnia
If this is you, and you have suffered from this problem for more than 3 times a week for longer than 6 months, it is likely that you are suffering from a form of insomnia known as Psycho-physiological Insomnia.
There are three main types of insomnia – Sleep Onset (difficulty getting off to sleep), Sleep maintenance (trouble staying asleep, waking fitfully) and Late or Terminal insomnia (waking too early and not having enough good quality sleep).
The good news is that unless you have an underlying health problem (always check with your GP to get a clear diagnosis) Insomnia responds well to hypnotherapy. It is clinically proven that by learning self hypnosis techniques you can turn your sleeplessness into satisfying and refreshing sleep. In fact, even if you do have an existing health condition, hypnotherapy and relaxation training can still have a positive impact on your mental well-being and can reduce anxiety to the point where you will be able to sleep again.
In a few sessions clients report a decrease in their insomnia, leading to deeper, more refreshing sleep. Why not contact me today to find out how I can help? I work online and at two clinics on the Surrey/Kent border.
Here are three quick tips to help!
- Sleep Hygiene. This means looking at simple lifestyle changes which can have a profound affect on sleep quality. Switch off electrical devices at least an hour before sleep. Only go to bed when you are tired. Create a welcoming bedroom environment and ensure that your bedroom is not too hot – we sleep better when our core body temperature is lower.
- Relaxation – learn to relax. The more physically relaxed you are the more likely you are to sleep and not to stress if you wake in the night. I can help you with relaxation training and recordings to ease you into the perfect night’s sleep.
- Sleep re-education – keep a sleep diary for a week. Note your mood, the hours of quality sleep you feel you had, waking and sleeping times. Look at how long you spent outdoors, in front of the TV, phone or computer, and the amount of physical exercise you had. What patterns do you see emerging? If you are still stuck, time to call me to find out how I can help!
How can hypnotherapy help?
Insomnia can make you feel as if you are not able to function properly and can affect your mood and your ability to focus and concentrate. Cognitive Behavioural hypnotherapy can help you to understand your triggers, learn new sleep behaviours and relax into a perfect nights sleep.
You will learn how to practice good sleep hygiene, the common causes of Insomnia, a variety of relaxation techniques, self hypnosis techniques, cognitive restructuring (reframing your thoughts into a more sleep positive way of thinking) and learn how to drift off and to stay asleep.
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Further reading: https://www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk/articles/insomnia.html