Treat Insomnia with Hypnotherapy

Cure insomnia with hypnosis

I attended an insomnia masterclass in London in September 2012 and what I learned astonished me.  The problem of insomnia is very widespread, the causes are many and the results can be distressing and harmful for the sufferer and their family.  The consequences of chronic poor sleep can include; heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, low sex drive, bad memory, poor performance, anxiety, bad temper etc.

The body and brain are very finely balanced and, although sleep is a natural and essential function, many things can go wrong and keep us awake; stress or anxiety, poor diet or use of alcohol or drugs, physical pain or discomfort, too much light, a noisy environment, snoring (or a snoring partner!), habit.

Treatment of insomnia looks at three main areas;

  • Ensuring that the best environment for sleep is created
  • Looking at the circadian rhythm and taking it into account (the circadian rhythm is the 24 hour cycle which governs our waking and sleeping)  
  • Reducing generalised stress and targeting sleep related anxiety

You can address the first area yourself; have a look at dietary, lifestyle and environmental factors and begin to create the right environment for a good night's sleep. 

  • Habit; train yourself to sleep.  Decide on your bed time and stick to it for at least two weeks.  Two hours before bed time begin to calm yourself, dim the lights, relax, a warm bath and a warm milky drink may help (sorry, your mother was right!)  
  • Caffeine can keep you awake if consumed after about 2pm (sources include coffee, tea and some fizzy drinks)
  • Alcohol can help you to nod off initially but as it breaks down it tends to wake us up both because of chemical reactions but also because we need the toilet, it also increases snoring and heartburn
  • Cigarettes contain stimulants and also cause breathing difficulties and coughing
  • Eating too late in the evening or eating too much sugar can interfere with sleep
  • Electronic gadgets  such as television, mobile phones, computers and electronic games stimulate our brains making it harder to sleep.  Some books or magazines may have the same effect.  Boring books are best!
  • Light and noise will both prevent us from dropping off to sleep and will wake us once we are asleep.  See if you can remove the source, if not then maybe thicker curtains, earplugs or an eye mask may help
  • Pain speak to your doctor if chronic pain is keeping you awake.  Ensure that medication is taken at the correct time to ensure that it does not interfere with your sleep
  • Discomfort is your bed comfortable?  Does your mattress support you properly?  Ensure that you are the correct temperature and that the room does not become too hot, cold or stuffy during the course of the night.  Check that your night clothes are well fitting and do not twist around your body.  Is your bed covering the correct weight or does it feel as if it is smothering you?  Do you have enough pillows?  Are you sneezing, coughing or snuffling?  If so you could be allergic to your bed coverings or to dust mites in the room
  • Environment; have a look at your bedroom, it should be a quiet, calm place that relaxes you.  The colours should be muted and tranquil.  If your room looks like an explosion in a paint factory, you may need to re-think and re-decorate

Good night, sleep tight

If none of the above works after a two week trial you may need professional help, contact me for advice.

Call Tess today on 07812 209449 01905 457809

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