Camberley, Surrey (PRWEB) March 29, 2012
Britain is a nation full of insomniacs and problem sleepers. According to a survey carried out by Hypnotherapy Directory – an online database of qualified hypnotherapists – 66% of respondents reported feeling that they don’t get enough sleep each night, and 62% admitted to regularly fretting about being unable to drift off into the land of slumber.
In 2010 a staggering ten million sleeping pill prescriptions were said to have been handed over throughout England, yet despite the figures indicating the growing scale of this sleeping giant (or not sleeping as the case may be)– very little time and money are spent researching drug alternatives for insomnia and sleep problems.
According to Hypnotherapy Directory, 35% of website visitors use sleep medication either occasionally, frequently or all the time to help get them to sleep – amounting to over a quarter of visitors to the site.
Whilst sleep medication is currently the most common form of treatment for insomnia and sleep problems, many experts argue that such drugs could in fact be doing more harm than good.
According to researchers writing in the worlds leading medical journal The Lancet**, drugs are not – and nor should they be – the answer to the insomnia problem. Dr. Charles Morin, a professor of psychology at Laval and first author of the Lancet paper has said that the side effects of such drugs mean that they can actually create more problems than they solve.
Dramatic weight gain, elevated blood fats and an increased risk of parasomnias and tardive dyskinesia (abnormal and uncontrollable muscle movements), are just a few medication offshoots that mean looking beyond pills to find a long-term solution could be both a more practical and successful approach.
Sleep deprivation can be crippling, so it is understandable that what many sufferers seek is a quick and easy solution to the problem.
Fatigue at work, mood disturbances and difficulty concentrating are just a few of the milder side effects of troubled sleep, whilst at the other end of the spectrum it has been reported that individuals suffering from insomnia are five times more likely to experience anxiety and depression than the general population.
Unfortunately it would seem that the reverberating effects of sleep deprivation don’t just end there – with doctors now stating that as well as having a direct impact on our health, preoccupation with worrying about not getting enough sleep is also becoming a problem in itself.
Deep relaxation is key in the quest for sleep, and many studies have found that simply trying to sleep will potentially worsen the situation because it causes tension. Sleep hypnosis however, is aimed at helping individuals to return to more regular patterns of sleep by using specialist techniques to resolve any underlying anxiety issues whilst teaching and promoting relaxation.
Individuals who wish to look outside the use of drugs to find a lasting solution to improve the quality of their sleep may wish to consider sleep hypnosis as a treatment option.
Whilst each sleep hypnosis treatment programme will vary from client to client depending on both their own personal circumstances and the specialist areas and training of their hypnotherapist, typically treatment may involve the following:
>Deep relaxation techniques to reduce stress, anxiety and tension.
>Identifying and challenging negative beliefs about sleeping patterns.
>Replacing those negative beliefs with more positive ones through the use of hypnosis.
With various comprehensive fact-sheets about insomnia and sleep problems, and a country-wide database allowing visitors to find a suitable hypnotherapist in their local area, Hypnotherapy Directory could play an important role in finally helping individuals to get that much needed good nights sleep.
>*Figures based on a survey of 85 visitors to Hypnotherapy Directory
>**Morin, M, D. (2012) Chronic insomnia, Available: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)60750-2/abstract