Insomnia is having difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep and if you have persistent insomnia, it can have a significant impact on your life, you are not alone. An estimated 1 in 4 people will suffer from insomnia or disturbance of a normal sleep pattern at some point.
Insomnia can be very draining, depressing and frustrating resulting in lack of concentration, irritability and affecting everyday life.
If you have insomnia you may suffer from some or all of the following symptoms:
- Have difficulty getting to sleep
- Lie awake half the night
- Wake up many times through the night
- Feel sluggish and tired when you wake up
- Feel tired and irritable during the day
- Have difficulty concentrating
- Be anxious and depressed
A prolonged lack of sleep may increase your risk of high blood pressure, stroke or heart disease, there is also a link between lack of sleep and weight gain. Even though the reasons for this are unclear, it may be that those who don’t get enough sleep, do not have the energy to exercise and this may also be compensated by eating too much.
Lack of sleep can also affect your ability to learn and problem solve which can have a negative affect on your relationships and affect your day to day life.
Hypnotherapy can help those with insomnia by looking at the underlying issues which are causing it, such as anxiety or depression and the individual can be taught relaxation techniques and help them understand some of the causes of insomnia and sleeping problems.
It may be that a habit (such as alcohol) is causing lack of sleep and hypnosis can help to break this habit. Learning to overcome other issues in your life may then help to improve your sleeping pattern.
Hypnotherapy can tap into the subconscious mind and suggest positive changes, helping to relax and also re-educate your mind to expect a good night’s sleep.