We all need sleep. In fact, we all need 6-8 hours of sleep each night in order to function properly. Losing out on one night’s sleep can take a while to recover from, but eventually we do catch up. However, long term sleeping problems just aren’t as easy to shake off.
Insomnia affects the sleep of millions across the world. The worst thing about this condition tends to be that frequently there appears to be no specific reason for the sleeping problems. You may be snug, you have no disruptions, you feel nice and warm and you feel calm, but for some mysterious reason you cannot sleep. Of course, it’s not really mysterious, it is just that you do not understand why it is happening.
How does having sleeping problems affect us?
Sleep problems are where the person is hardly getting any sleep or is just not getting to sleep at all, even with them having every opportunity to do so. It is where we have not had the chance to recover, leaving us dull and lacking vitality.
Signs of sleep issues can be difficulty falling asleep, trouble sleeping at all, rising early in the morning, waking up during the night time, disturbed or unsettled sleep, finding daily function difficult because of tiredness, mood swings and low concentration during the day because of insufficient sleep.
The reasons behind sleep issues are almost always quite simple. Some of the top reasons behind the condition are panic or anxiety. The main reason these problems affect us so much, in connection with sleep, is because they manifest themselves, both in our conscious and subconscious mind, so that’s two levels of our mind to battle with while we are trying to sleep.
Consciously, most people may have encountered a restless mind when attempting to sleep from time to time, where the problems throughout the day continue to buzz and spin around in your head, showing no indication of leaving. Quite often people fall asleep through utter mental exhaustion.
On a long term basis, anxiety and panic can get to the deepest portions of our mind. Every now and then, anxiety and panic attacks can be the beginning of the issue, where you wake with a pounding heart without really knowing the reason. In some instances, anxiety can hit you without you realising why it’s happening. We just absorb the stresses around us without understanding that it is affecting us on a subconscious level.
Becoming conscious of this problem is not always helpful either, as we then become worried about it happening, which feeds the problem and actually makes it worse. Without the capacity to control these symptoms, an individual might become distressed, exhausted and discouraged.
While well known mind clearing methods may help (such as writing problems on a notepad before bed, etc.), they are only confronting the conscious section of the mind. What this means is the largest portion of the mind, the subconscious, is not addressed and so the symptoms may continue, despite your best efforts.
Using hypnotherapy for sleeping problems can enable you to discover the underlying issues causing the problem and enable you to take care of, and tackle them, long term. Hypnotherapy can help you become empowered, allowing you to connect with your mind in its entirety and begin to walk the path of change and positivity.
Paul White, an experienced hypnotherapist from The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy, said “Patterns of insomnia develop over time. Sometimes, an intervention using hypnosis will help change patterns almost immediately, simply because the pattern had become a ‘bad habit’. The expectation was ‘I will not sleep’. The subconscious is quick to respond to more positive messages introduced in trance.”.
The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy is committed to raising awareness to the help that hypnotherapy can bring to sufferers of psychological issues. They have specialists that cover various issues such as anxiety, weight control, insomnia, psoriasis and smoking. They have been in practice since 2002 and have male and female therapists on staff.