Are you feeling more tired than usual, despite what you thought was a restful night’s sleep? You suffer through the day, longing for your bed, then, when it comes to bedtime, you’re wide awake? Perhaps you wake up during the night at the slightest noise, never really getting your full eight hours.
You’re not alone.
In fact, it’s thought that 1 in 3 people are affected by sleep problems.
Now, a little disrupted sleep every now and then is normal. For example, exercise, stress, screen-time (phones, television, laptops) and even alcohol, can affect your sleep quality. But, there are problems that affect a person’s sleep to the extreme; impacting their quality of life, and health.
Common sleep problems and parasomnias include:
- confusional arousals
- nightmare disorder
- night terrors
- restless leg syndrome
- teeth grinding
- sleep paralysis
What is parasomnia?
Parasomnia is the term used to describe a group of sleep problems. Parasomnias include the unnatural behaviours, movements, perceptions, emotions and dreams that can occur during the various stages of sleep.
If you’re experiencing a sleeping problem and are worried about your health, it’s important you seek medical advice. They can support you and inform you of available treatments. If there is no underlying medical condition causing the problem, they may refer you for specialist treatment, like hypnotherapy.
It’s said that, on average, humans will spend one-third of their lives sleeping. When you’re experiencing a sleeping problem, however, this can be a very long, unhappy part of your life. Lack of sleep takes over and if untreated, the remaining two-thirds of your life can be very miserable indeed.
There are many side-effects to lack of sleep. In fact, sleep disorders are now considered to be one of the most common health complaints, affecting your mental, physical and emotional health.
Believe it or not, it’s thought that sleep deprivation will kill you more quickly than food deprivation.
How can hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment for sleep disorders, as it works to access your unconscious, to understand and change negative patterns and behaviour.
While the cause of sleeping problems may differ for each individual, there are many conditions and factors that are thought to increase the risk of developing a problem, such as psychiatric disorders, medications and trauma.
Typically, hypnotherapy will use the power of suggestion to change negative thoughts and behaviours. For example, many sleep problems are fuelled and worsened by common issues, like stress and anxiety. By using the power of suggestion, the hypnotherapist can access the cause of the stress, and change the way the mind responds to it. By changing what was a negative response to a more positive perspective, the problems that are affecting sleep can be managed and overcome.
Often, your hypnotherapist will teach you self-hypnosis, to practise between sessions and long after sessions are over. Using self-hypnosis techniques at home will help you take the tools you’ve learnt in sessions, and utilise them in everyday life.
While your sleep problem may be the result or symptom of another condition, looking after yourself can help improve your sleep quality and general well-being.
Here are our tips for self-care, winding down and getting a good night’s sleep: