Hypnotherapy can help insomnia sufferers by dealing with underlying factors that contribute to the condition.
Around a third of people suffer from some form of insomnia at some point in their lives, including difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night or waking up too early in the morning. The effects of prolonged sleeplessness can range from fatigue, lack of motivation, irritability, reduced problem solving skills, inability to cope with stress, reduced immunity and weight gain.
Local Hypnotherapist Liane Ulbricht-Kazan explains “Anxiety is a common cause of insomnia, and of course worrying that you’re not sleeping only makes the problem worse. It’s not long before a vicious cycle sets in and the harder you try, the more elusive sleep becomes. It can be really debilitating and can seriously impair a person’s ability to function normally or enjoy life.”
Practitioners in the field can help insomnia sufferers by addressing the underlying anxiety, which may for instance be caused by work, relationships, health or financial worries. Ruminating on problems serves to amplify their significance and even small issues can get out of proportion in the middle of a sleepless night.
Hypnotherapists work with clients to alter their habitual responses to problems and develop more helpful coping strategies. By changing unwanted patterns of behaviour, clients’ anxiety levels reduce and sleep often improves naturally.
Here are a few tips which commonly help:
Avoiding too much alcohol
Go to bed at the same time each night
Avoid having a TV in the bedroom
Get moderate exercise as a daily routine
Try a milky drink before going to bed
Avoid drinking or eating a lot late at night
Try relaxing with hypnosis or listening to music or yoga & meditation