What is insomnia?
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 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.
It’s so important to get a good night’s sleep. Not only is it a time when the body repairs itself and restores energy levels, but REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, a phase when dreaming occurs, is vital for learning and memory. REM also replenishes feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, which boost your mood.
How can hypnotherapy help?
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.
Hypnotherapy can help insomnia sufferers by addressing the underlying anxiety, often caused by work, relationship, 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.