What is Insomnia?

It is thought that 30% of people in the UK are experiencing some level of insomnia at any one time.

Some people experience insomnia nightly for years. Others only experience for short durations.

Some insomnia is associated with another physiological problem, such as an illness or pain. Yet 15% of people suffering from insomnia in the UK do so for no apparent reason.

Insomnia mostly falls into three categories:

  • Initial problems falling asleep
  • Intermediate problems – waking up at night and finding it difficult to go back to sleep
  • Early morning awakening

Insomnia is often anxiety related and is a possible indication of depression.

Physical issues that can exacerbate insomnia

Our bodies like routine. If we go to bed at all sorts of different times, this can make it difficult for our body to know when it should be sleeping.

Low doses of alcohol act as a stimulant.

Eating or drinking late at night is taxing. Ideally the last meal should be three hours before sleeping.

Exercising too late in the day acts as a stimulant – as does working on the computer. Having a bedroom that doubles up as an office, or TV room gives the mind mixed messages. We need to know that bedrooms are for sleeping in. Anything else needs to happen somewhere else.

How can NLP and Hypnotherapy help you sleep

NLP and Hypnotherapy have a number of techniques for reducing stress and anxiety and tackling the root causes of insomnia. In addition, they can help recreate sleep routines and help the subconscious mind deal more effectively with problems so that issues of the day no longer churn around in the mind.

Most good sleepers will say that once they are in bed, their mind becomes blank as they drift off. People who find it difficult to sleep can be taught the sleep patterns of a good sleeper. They can be shown how to concentrate on pleasant and comforting thoughts.

For people whose sleep is disturbed by nightmares, hypnotherapy can install lucid dreams by suggestion – and even use dreams constructively for problem solving or creative thinking.

It is as well to remember that we are designed to sleep. It is what we do naturally. So most therapeutic input is directed to removing any obstacles.