Can’t sleep? A hypnotic approach might help
We all need sleep to function comfortably and most of us need 6-8 hours nightly. The loss of one night’s sleep can take a while to get over, but eventually we do catch up. However, long term sleep deprivation can be quite difficult to shake off. So how might hypnosis for insomnia help?
Insomnia is on the rise and is increasingly becoming the cause of a visit to the GP. Unfortunately, there is very little that can be offered in the way of conventional help other than drug therapy, and at best this is only seen as a short-term relief and not a long term cure.
One of the most widely experienced aspects of poor sleep can be the feeling that there seems to be nothing specific which might be keeping you awake. Your bed feels good, it’s peaceful, you’re snug and comfortable, but for some reason you simply are unable to get to sleep.
Equally upsetting, in the morning, we usually do not feel refreshed or restored because we just haven’t had a chance to rest adequately. This can soon develop into a habit and a hypnotic approach could help you to finally get some deep restful sleep.
So what actually is insomnia?
Put simply, when we are experiencing poor quality sleep or no sleep at all, even though there appears to be nothing physically stopping us from doing so, we are said to be experiencing insomnia. Apart from the distress caused by the condition itself, other problems associated with insomnia may include a less efficient immune system, and an increasing inability to function at our usual level of activity.
What causes insomnia?
The most common cause of insomnia above all others is anxiety in some form or another, even though there may be no obvious reason for anxiety to be present. As anxiety is often at the result of poorly managed stress, an ideal long-term solution would include addressing this important issue.
Over a long period of time, anxieties can reach the deepest parts of our mind. These difficulties manifest themselves in our conscious and subconscious which means we have both components of our mind fighting against us every time we try to get to sleep.
When we finally become conscious that we are having difficulty sleeping, we can at times start a vicious cycle through worrying about going to bed, and this worry adds to our already present anxieties. When we don’t know how to reduce or stop this cycle, we can start to feel helpless, isolated and distressed.
Are there different types of insomnia?
There are two separate ways that insomnia can develop. When we take a long time to drift off to sleep, and in the morning feel so tired we have difficulty getting up and out of bed, it may be due to low mood or depression of some kind.
When we fall asleep instantly then wake up suddenly in the small hours, we’re more likely to be in the anxious camp. Here we’re almost certainly finding all the day’s issues are spinning around in our heads, and each night taking longer and longer to quieten down. We may even experience a pounding heart or shallow breathing while not really knowing exactly why.
How can I get better again?
While conscious relaxing procedures could help, (such as talking to a spouse before bed, reading, taking a warm bath and so on) they are at best only treating the symptoms. This means that the largest part of your mind – your subconscious – remains unaddressed, so in spite of your best efforts the condition may continue.
A hypnotic approach to insomnia can help by discovering and relieving the underlying causes. An experienced hypnotherapist will work with you, helping you to discover how to calm your mind as well as relaxing your body and releasing unwanted stresses. You’ll find your mind will be working for you once more, not against you, allowing you to learn for yourself how to independently regain confidence in your own natural ability to sleep deeply and peacefully.