20th February, 20160 Comments
Written by: Penny Hawkins GHR HS ANLP NRH Cert. ED
Sleep is something we all need, some people can survive on a few hours, while others need more.
Sleep deprivation or insomnia is a nightmare (excuse the pun) and once in the habit of not sleeping, it affects other areas of a person's life. Sleep deprivation can lead to lack of concentration, lethargy, irritability and anxiety to name a few. The long-term affects of bad sleeping patterns we know damages our health.
One in three people suffer with insomnia. That's 33.3% of the population not getting enough sleep.
So, what help is there out there?
- Medication, possibly, but long-term is this a solution?
- A comfortable mattress and pillow.
- Making sure you don't have caffeine after 4pm.
- Making sure your room is dark enough for sleep - the pineal gland needs darkness to promote sleep.
- Being the right temperature, not too hot or too cold.
- A warm bath before bed.
- A cup of warm milk or camomile tea before bed.
- Breathing exercises to help relax you.
- Counting sheep!
These are all things that can help towards a good night's sleep and many clients have already tried all of the above before they seek professional help.
Hypnosis is effective in helping you to get back on track with your sleep. Making changes at the unconscious level is how hypnosis works - simply put. Hypnosis is a natural and safe technique.
By guiding you into a more relaxed state of mind, the body begins to let go of tension, your conscious mind begins to drift off and become less dominant. You lose the chitter-chatter, the "mind clutter" as we call it, giving the opportunity to speak directly to your unconscious mind and give you the appropriate suggestions to help you sleep. Typically two or three sessions is enough to get you back into a healthy sleep pattern. Sessions are recorded so the client can listen to it before bed, reinforcing the suggestions to the mind and preparing it for sleep.
If you have been suffering with lack of sleep or insomnia, you may like to try hypnotherapy.
Here is a link from the Guardian newspaper this week with some really useful tips too:
About the author
Penny Hawkins has been in practice for over 14 years and with her extensive training and experience can offer you help and support with insomnia, sleep problems and anxieties around sleeping. Penny uses a combination of NLP, EFT and hypnotherapy to help her clients. CNHC registered. Senior practitioner GHR. Personal development trainer.
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