Hypnosis to help you sleep

insomnia, sleeplessness, can't sleep, keep waking up, anxiety, stress, worryInsomnia is more common than you may think – more than 30% of people suffer from insomnia!

A few years ago the most common issues people brought to me were probably stress and depression. Living outside the metropolis now has brought a change in emphasis, and I seem to work mainly with anxiety issues and phobias. Addictions, of course, comes a close second if you include food and tobacco under that heading. However there is and always has been a constant trickle of insomnia sufferers. I regularly see two or three people a month experiencing sleeplessness and problems sleeping.

Some people may experience short term insomnia, due to a variety of causes such as stress or tension. Exam or performance nerves related to driving tests or upcoming events such as weddings, or having to give a speech of some sort. However other people can experience sleeplessness on an ongoing and long term basis. I was recently able to help a retired lady experiencing chronic insomnia who told me she had not had a complete nights sleep for the last forty years!

Although insomnia may seem to be a minor problem in itself, it can lead to other related problems such as poor memory, depression, a dependency on sleeping pills, irritability, low mood state and poor emotion management. There may be an increased risk of heart disease. Also general tiredness during the day can be yet another problem, resulting in a decrease in the ability to perform and function normally. There might also therefore be a higher likelihood of a traffic accident or similar event due to poor concentration.

Whenever I take on a new client experiencing insomnia we first need to establish if there is some underlying clinical issue, and on occasion I may seek permission to contact the clients GP.

As insomnia often goes hand in hand with other issues like stress or anxiety it is often necessary to treat these conditions at the same time. Although I do use a variety of approaches when working with insomnia I find hypnosis to be extremely effective. Hypnosis always has the added advantage of being a comfortable, pleasant and above all, relaxing experience. Usually only a few sessions are necessary to establish new patterns of relaxation at bed time. Indeed, many people I work with have never truly been able to relax completely in the past, and it can take two to three weeks of practise for them to learn to relax completely at home on their own. I teach clients easy to learn exercises and self-hypnosis techniques to aid deep relaxation and restful sleep.

Regular meditation is another useful tool to help combat insomnia.

If you have problems relaxing or sleeping you might like to try a course of meditation, online or here at Oak Lodge (click to link).

You might like to try some free audio downloads from the Free Downloads page such as the Body Scan or Drift Away.

There are also some audio downloads to help you sleep in the shop.

Please contact me for more information.