(Paraphrased from various clients)
If I could wish one thing for humanity it would be for us all to sleep well. I say this from my own past experience, from providing hypnotherapy and with awareness of the scientific knowledge now known about sleep.
I sincerely empathise with anyone suffering from sleep problems and know how ragged this can make you feel. It can be a hard, hard slog through the days but it can change and improve!
Sleep has a massive impact on our health, our wellbeing, even our life expectancy, our sense of optimism, our patience, our ability to think, our capacity to be there for others and the list goes on and on. For me, when I used to suffer from insomnia the sky used to be appear less blue!
On the positive side, I have seen clients make incredible changes to their sleeping patterns through hypnotherapy.
I would like to offer the following observations:
What I have learnt:
Sleep returns, when other things are settled (not the other way around). So therapy must focus on the other things not on sleep directly. The stronger we 'will' ourselves to sleep, the stronger the reaction can be in the opposite direction.
For some reason, at some level within us, sleep can become associated with anxiety, worry or feeling unsafe. These may not relate to conscious thoughts, particularly at the beginning but where this is true our survival instincts will step in to help and invoke our protective fight, flight or freeze responses. These are extremely powerful emotional mechanisms and can keep us awake (in preparation for danger) even though our bodies and conscious mind are desperate to sleep and rest. This may explain why consciously we are doing all the right things but emotionally we are being kept awake.
Hypnotherapy can help you:
The culmination of these 5 things seems to allow sleep to return.
If this sort of approach seems of interest, why not book a free initial consultation to find out more.
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