Heidi Hardy Hypnotherapist North Devon
|Posted on October 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM|
Hypnotherapy can help insomnia sufferers by dealing with underlying factors that contribute to the condition.
Around a third of people suffer from some form of insomnia at some point in their lives, including difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night or waking up too early in the morning. The effects of prolonged sleeplessness can range from fatigue, lack of motivation, irritability, reduced problem solving skills, inability to cope with stress, reduced immunity and weight gain.
Anxiety is a common cause of insomnia, and of course worrying that you’re not sleeping only makes the problem worse. It’s not long before a vicious cycle sets in and the harder you try, the more elusive sleep becomes. It can be really debilitating and can seriously impair a person’s ability to function normally or enjoy life.
Hypnotherapy can help insomnia sufferers by addressing the underlying anxiety, which may be caused by work, relationships, health or financial worries, for instance. Ruminating on problems serves to amplify their significance and even small issues can get out of proportion in the middle of a sleepless night.
It’s so important to get a good night’s sleep. Not only is it a time when the body repairs itself and restores energy levels, but REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, a phase when dreaming occurs, is vital for learning and memory. REM also replenishes feel good hormones such as Serotonin and Dopamine, which boost your mood.
I work with clients to alter their habitual responses to problems and develop more helpful coping strategies. By changing unwanted patterns of behaviour, clients’ anxiety levels reduce and sleep often improves naturally.
The Solution Focused approach can be so effective. We actively encourage clients to describe how life will be when the factors that are causing their anxiety are in perspective. We don’t analyse problems, or the cause of them; we believe it’s preferable to help clients focus on positive outcomes.
It’s amazing g so see how much better clients feel after just a few good nights’ sleep!