Insomnia affects around a third of people at some point in their lives. It can come in many forms, including difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night or waking up too early in the morning. Short-term insomnia causes no lasting problems. But, if it becomes a long-term issue for you, and is left untreated, it becomes a much more serious threat.
Why is sleep so important?
Good quality sleep is vital to your mental well-being. Several things happen during uninterrupted sleep, one of which is the ‘sorting and filing away’ of the day’s events. If this process is disrupted, then these thoughts quickly become a jumble. This leads to the ‘woolly’ head experienced my insomnia sufferers.
The effects of long term insomnia can include:
- Fatigue (Extreme Tiredness)
- Lack of motivation
- Reduced problem solving skills
- Inability to cope with stress
- Reduced immunity
- Weight gain.
A good proportion of my clients report tossing and turning or just not getting enough of the restful sleep we need to be healthy and alert. Sleep is increasingly linked to many aspects of overall health and well-being, and it seems that more and more of us are finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep.
It has been found that people suffering from severe insomnia have a poor quality of life similar to those who have chronic health problems, such as heart disease. If you are suffering from insomnia, in addition to just not feeling sharp, it can affect dietary choices, which in itself can affect health and sleep patterns.
Causes and Impact of Insomnia
Anxiety or stress are common causes of insomnia, and 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 difficult it becomes to sleep. It can be really debilitating and can seriously impair a person’s ability to function normally or enjoy life.
You may find it hard to concentrate, have memory disturbances, not to mention irritability, and you may well find yourself making more mistakes at work and school, and it can also have a very negative impact on relationships at home and work.
An Australian study reported that 17 hours of sleep deprivation causes impaired performance levels comparable to those found in people having blood alcohol levels indicating intoxication.
I am finding that an increasing number of my clients are presenting with issues directly or indirectly related to lack of sleep. A key component of hypnotherapy is helping in the process of restoring sleep patterns back to as normal a level as possible and relevant for the client.
Hypnotherapy for Insomnia
Hypnotherapy can help insomnia sufferers by discussing and then reducing any anxieties, which may be caused by work, relationships, health or financial worries, for instance. 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.
If you have any further questions about insomnia, or wondering if Hypnotherapy is right for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me. All enquiries, just like my consultations, are held in the strictest confidence, and with your safety and well-being in mind.