Insomnia and sleep problems tend to start in isolation but can soon develop into bad habits. If you think you won’t be able to sleep, it’s almost certain that you won’t. Hypnotherapy can help you to develop new expectations and make insomnia a thing of the past.
If you try not to think of an orange bus, you’ll probably think of one. If you try to get an irritating song out of your head, you’ll probably struggle. And, of course, if you have to try to fall asleep, you’re probably already suffering from insomnia. Let’s face it, you aren’t supposed to try to fall asleep, you’re supposed to just do it.
Remind your mind and body how to fall asleep naturally
If you are trying to cure insomnia, you have probably been trying for a long time. Most people we see with insomnia in our clinic have tried just about everything else before resorting to hypnosis.
But hypnosis is the obvious way to cure insomnia because it deals directly with the cause of the problem – lack of relaxation.
Learn the facts about insomnia
We all need different amounts of sleep, and depending on our individual body clocks, have preferences for when we go to sleep and wake up. We function better at different times of the day – some of us are morning people and others ‘night owls’. Listen to what your body tells you, and then try to stick to a regular sleeping routine of going to bed and getting up at roughly the same times.
As far as possible, remove any external distractions which might be interfering with you sleeping. These could include pets, too much light coming into the room, or the presence of TVs, videos etc in your bedroom. Make sure that your mattress is comfortable and giving you enough support, that you are cool or warm enough, and that overall your bedroom is an uncluttered, relaxing sanctuary and conducive to sleep.
The Causes of Insomnia
Sleep is a delicate phenomenon – it cannot be forced, only encouraged; in fact, all we can really do is wait for it to happen by itself.
This makes it highly susceptible to disruption – as soon as the ‘waiting for sleep’ process becomes contaminated by anxiety, sleep becomes more elusive.
However, whatever else is contributing to insomnia, the ultimate cause is clear – lack of relaxation. If you relax completely at the right time of day you will fall asleep – it is as simple as that. This is why using hypnosis for insomnia makes so much sense.
But unfortunately it is not as simple as that for many insomniacs.
Years of conditioning plus the typical racing mind syndrome all contribute to making it feel as if an insomnia cure is impossible. But it’s not.
Give hypnosis a try today and you’ll see what we mean.
How can hypnosis help with sleeplessness?
So how could hypnosis help? Well, first of all hypnotherapy generally involves hypnosis combined with relaxation which in itself is one of the key elements in falling asleep easily. First you learn to relax physically; with practice this is very quick and very simple. Secondly, you learn to relax mentally. This can be frustratingly difficult if you’re in “orange bus” mode but learning self-hypnosis will soon make it very easy indeed. You will learn to be a falling asleep expert. In fact, many people come to see a hypnotherapist for something they believe to be completely unrelated and are amazed that their sleep improves as a consequence of dealing with the other thing. This is one of the most empowering effects of hypnosis – you learn to change one thing and so many other things fall into place.
Hypnosis will help you take control and re-educate your mind into relaxing easily into sleep. You can learn new and natural ways to fall asleep using relaxation exercises and techniques which have worked for countless others. Hypnosis can also help you to learn how to just slow things down. Modern life is notoriously rushed. When you’re ready to fall asleep a racing mind doesn’t help!
HOW TO GET TO SLEEP – INSOMNIA TIPS
If you are having difficulty sleeping, make sure you avoid stimulants such as alcohol, coffee, heavy meals and exercise immediately before you go to bed. Exercise can be an excellent way of improving your sleep patterns, but not immediately before you try to sleep, as it releases stimulating chemicals into the brain.
Sleep problems can be caused by worrying – either we can’t get to sleep because we are chewing something over, or an anxious niggle wakes us up during the night. Worrying like this can prevent us from relaxing and enjoying a sound night’s sleep. There are a number of ways you can relax and distract yourself from the day’s worries before sleeping; listen to some gentle, relaxing music, read a book, have a hot, milky drink or a warm bath, and try some deep breathing exercises. Try a few different things out and see what works best for you.
If you are tossing and turning, unable to get to sleep, you might find it helpful to get up and do something rather than lie awake in the dark trying to force yourself to sleep. This rarely works as you become self-conscious and stressed about not sleeping, which is counter-productive. Go back to bed only when you are feeling really sleepy.
Contact me today to help sort out your insomnia tonight!