Insomnia and the stress of not sleeping well
Insomnia is a plague of Western society, sometimes there is a underlying medical reason, but sometimes stress and other psychological disturbances are the cause.
Many of us know what it feels like to go without sleep, and how it can change our mood and increase our stress levels.
I have worked with many clients to help them restore healthier sleep patterns.
Good sleep increases our well being, as well as our mood, and makes us smarter and happier. Adequate sleep is crucial to proper brain function – and just as important to our health, as air, food and water.
A study on pre school children found that those who slept less than 10 hours a night were 25% more likely to misbehave. This trend continues through adolescent and adulthood as we know that sleep is crucial for proper brain development.
Insomnia is a label given to a condition characterised by difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Insomnia is often separated into three types. Transient insomnia occurs when symptoms last from a few days to a few weeks. Acute or short-term insomnia is when symptoms last for several weeks. Chronic insomnia lasts for months and years.
Sleep helps with memory, concentration and learning. Without the right quality of sleep we expose ourselves to a wide range of medical illnesses..
As middle age approaches we can become more sensitive to the stress hormones, which can make us more prone to depression related illnesses. People who suffer from insomnia are more likely to secrete larger quantities of cortisol a stress hormone. So the body is constantly on alert, in a state of higher arousal.
The Good News for those with Insomnia and other sleep disorders
Many of us are great at sabotaging our own sleep patterns, by worrying about the fact that we are not able to sleep.
The key to good sleep is to stop trying to sleep, but focus instead on relaxation. Once the body is relaxed, then the next stage is to relax the mind, switch off all those thoughts, and then it becomes possible to fall asleep. Most people who have difficulty sleeping say they keep trying to sleep, but can’t. So the first part is to get to the point that you actually stop trying.
Hypnosis is an excellent natural approach that can tackle all forms of sleep problems or insomnia.
Just imagine if you didn’t have insomnia or a sleep disorder
- How great it would be to fall asleep easily
- How good it would be to sleep continually through the night
- How that if you woke up during the night you could easily fall back to sleep
- How much better you would look in the mornings
- How much better it would be to stop taking sleeping pills
- How great it would feel to wake refreshed and alert
- How rewarding a good night’s sleep would be
Get in contact with Sarah Jons London Hypnotherapist today to help tackle any sleep disorders including insomnia.
Imagine how great and relaxed you will feel once your sleep has returned to normal.
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By Sarah Jons