Insomnia and other sleep disorders can be caused and, in turn, worsened, by anxiety and stress.
It is the second most complained about medical problem for adults with more than half of all adults experiencing sleep problems at some time in their life.
A vicious cycle of stress, exhaustion and insomnia can build up, with one feeding off the other.
People turn to hypnosis because it offers a natural approach to calmness and rest, without the side effects some pharmaceutical drugs have.
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Insomnia can be caused through excessive worry and you may have had difficulty ‘switching off’ and relaxing enough to begin your journey into sleep.
To go to sleep you need, of course, to relax. Worry, rumination or too much excitement produces adrenaline which keeps you awake.
In a hypnotherapy session your mind can learn the technique of being able to ‘switch off worry’.
You’ll find that sleep and relaxation can be a by-product of the relaxation gained from hypnosis.
Forget trying to sleep. In hypnosis your mind and body is trained to relax deeply. Natural deep and refreshing sleep will begin to develop as a happy side effect.
Here are some tips to actively encourage deep sleep.
- Avoid alcohol before you retire. Alcohol may help you get to sleep but it will also wake you up later in the night as your liver processes it.
- Use your bedroom only for sleep or sex.
- Doing work accounts or watching TV will create an association with alertness with your sleeping area.
- Avoid any stimulants such as coffee, tea or hot chocolate after 6pm because you need to have a gradual wind down period before retiring to bed.
- Any vigorous exercise you do needs to be done at least three hours before going to bed to give the body a chance to return to normal so you can start to relax.
- Stop watching TV or surfing the net at least one hour before bedtime as these activities stimulate your system.
- Take a hot bath or shower. This helps because in order to go into sleep your body needs to cool. After a bath or shower the cooling will encourage sleepiness.
- Make your bedroom dark. Darkness encourages the brain chemical melatonin which promotes sleep.
Use lamp light in the evening as bright light encourages your brain to respond as if the sun is coming up.
Also the light from TV, computer screens, tablets and mobile phones is stimulating and keeps the brain in high alert.
If you would like more information and help to get a great night sleep call Susan Crozier 0417 694 792 at InnerSight Hypnosis.