Sleep…We spend a third of lives doing it. It’s vital to our health and wellbeing. We tend not to think too much about sleep…that is until we’re not getting enough of it, or the quality of our sleep leaves a lot to be desired.
Do you find yourself lying awake when you are anxious, excited or roused by a bad dream? Do you have problems settling down to your normal routine when things have settled down?
Sleep problems are considered to be one of the most common 21st century health complaints, seriously affecting the physical, mental and emotional functioning of many people.
According to the British Sleep Foundation, for the average person who needs eight hours sleep, losing even one hour can lower your IQ by one point the next day!
Lack of sleep suppresses your immune system making you more vulnerable to infections, metabolic and hormone changes.
Sleep ‘debts’ can diminish your levels of concentration and make you liable to swings in temper and depression.
Lack of sleep can also affect our learning and problem solving capabilities.
Lack of sleep can be life threatening. Recent research has revealed that falling asleep while driving is estimated to cause 10% of all road accidents – and up to 20% on those monotonous motorways.
‘Sleep disorders’ is the term used to describe any problems relating to sleep, such as insomnia, excessive sleep, night terrors, sleep bruxism (teeth grinding) and nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting during sleep).
Some sleep disorders may stem from an underlying medical condition such as a psychological disorder, some may occur as side effects of prescribed medication and others may have no known explicable reason.
Hypnotherapy is all about changing patterns of behaviour and that is why it works so effectively as a treatment for many sleep disorders.
For example, many sleep disorders are fuelled and worsened by stress and anxiety, issues which can be effectively resolved with the use of hypnotherapy.
We’ll employ a combination of techniques or a single approach might be all that is necessary. Either way, your treatment will always be tailored to your personal circumstances to achieve the most successful result.