Sleep – simply essential People need sleep to function effectively and most of us need 6 to 8 hours of sleep every single night. If we lose just a single night of sleep, we can generally recover within just a few days, but long term difficulty in sleeping isn’t so easy to conquer. In fact, it can become, in a way, a habit.
Troubled sleeping patterns deprive millions of people from much needed uninterrupted sleep. Most crippling has to be that nothing specifically is stopping them from sleeping. Maybe this is your experience – you have a comfy bed, no distractions, you’re the correct temperature, you don’t feel exceptionally stressed, but something just won’t let you rest. If you know you need help for insomnia, hypnotherapy could be the way for you to finally get some sleep.
So what is insomnia? Insomnia is essentially failing to get adequate or any sleep when we have ample opportunity to do so. It’s where we haven’t had the chance to rest, leaving us tired and lacking energy.
Signs of insomnia can be: difficulty going to sleep, problems sleeping at all, waking up early in the morning, waking up throughout the night, problems getting back to sleep, disturbed or stressed sleep, finding daily functioning difficult because of tiredness, mood swings and low concentration in the day because of lack of sleep.
The reason people have sleeping problems is typically very simple. Major reasons for the condition are anxiety and worry. You might be well aware of thoughts racing through your mind, with all the day’s problems spinning around, as you go to bed for the night. What you might be less aware of is what can be going on in your unconscious mind, which is equally unsettling and a barrier to restful sleep. If you’re exposed to stress and anxiety over long periods, it can have a profound effect. A lot of people begin getting anxiety attacks part way through the night, with no knowledge of what they are experiencing – only that they’re suffering from disturbed sleep. In some cases, anxious feelings can hit you without you realising what’s causing them. People often just absorb the stresses around them without understanding how that it affects them on an unconscious level.
How to overcome sleep problems
Because insomnia has root causes at both conscious and unconscious levels, you have to deal with it at both levels. Although conscious mind calming techniques can help (such as talking to someone before bed or mindfulness exercises) they only address the conscious part of the mind. This means that problems may continue in spite of all your efforts, because you’re not taking care of what’s going on in your unconscious mind.
With hypnotherapy for lack of sleep, you can target the underlying causes that lie hidden in your unconscious. Hypnosis helps you to replace anxiety and stress with deeply calming thoughts. There are a number of powerful sleep-inducing techniques I teach my clients, which help to relax the conscious mind. By including them in hypnosis, it also means that they go deep into the unconscious mind too. What’s more, because hypnosis is so relaxing in itself, you can begin to get your body and mind back to being accustomed to rest and calm. Hypnotherapy gets both the conscious and unconscious mind focused on the same goal of restoring your natural ability to go to sleep and stay asleep, giving you all the rest you need.