Hypnotherapy for Sleep Problems
4th October, 20130 Comments
Written by: Victoria Droy BA (Hons). HPD. DHP. MNCH (Acc).
Neuroscientists have been talking about the huge importance of sleep. For good mental health it is worth spending a few minutes thinking about how much sleep we are actually getting.
There is clinical evidence that sleep plays a vital role in several areas of our life. Sleep is not just an inconvenience that we grudgingly allow to take up some of our busy life. On average people are getting far less sleep than the recommended 8 hours per night, often as little as 5 hours. Yet we ignore the needs of our body and brain at the risk of poor mental health.
Sleep appears to not only have a restorative effect, but a profound influence over our mental state. When we sleep enough, our concentration, focus and creativity increase. Sleep allows us to consolidate our learning and memories. It is a disturbing thought that many of our teenagers are getting far less than the 9 hours they need. Performance at school or college can suffer as a result.
People who do not sleep enough are 50% more likely to suffer from weight gain owing to the release of a stress hormone called ghrelin. This makes us want to eat sugary and fatty foods.
Tiredness causes accidents on the road from drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Stress is greatly increased by lack of sleep and can lead to repressed immunity, higher rates of cancer, diabetes and raised blood pressure.
Often people suffer from lack of sleep because of anxiety in their life which seriously affects their sleep pattern. Of course one of the best solutions to the problems caused by lack of sleep is hypnotherapy. A solution focused approach helps you to work out the underlying causes of poor sleep with the emphasis being on what you can do to improve the situation. Finding solutions to problems and seeing a positive way ahead gives us peace of mind, reduces stress and allows us to sleep well.
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