Insomnia can occur for many reasons, seemingly on its own but more commonly as a symptom of anxiety, depression and stress. This means that a vicious cycle is quickly established, as the lack of sleep makes it harder to deal with the anxiety, and the anxiety gets worse as you worry about the lack of sleep!
Sleep is so vital to our wellbeing. Deep sleep ensures the brain is rested and repaired, while the more important REM sleep helps process emotions and gives the body essential time for rest and reparation. While sleeping tablets can be effective as a short-term solution, they can cause dependency; and not only that, they often only promote deep sleep, meaning you miss out on vital REM, which is the sleep most needed to deal with anxiety and stress.
Whether or not clients come to see me for insomnia as a primary concern, or as a symptom of their anxiety and stress, the first thing I do is sort out their REM sleep cycle. Hypnotherapy teaches the brain to relax and “let go” of all those worries that sometimes kick in before bedtime, by listening to a hypnosis track (provided) the brain is encouraged into good sleep cycles with the correct amount of REM sleep. During the initial consultation, I also explain the mechanisms for REM sleep and how we can get control over an elusive sleep pattern, meaning that not only can you achieve a good night’s sleep, but you can also function better when you are awake.
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