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What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a type of sleep disorder in which people struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep or both. You may have insomnia if you regularly find it hard to fall asleep, wake up several times in the night, wake up early, feel unrefreshed after waking up, find it difficult to nap, feel irritable, lethargic, unmotivated, struggle with mood swings, or find it difficult to concentrate on tasks due to fatigue. Doctors usually make a clinical diagnosis of insomnia if a patient suffers from: difficulty sleeping for at least three nights a week for a minimum of three months and if these issues sleeping cause major distress to a person’s life. There are two types of insomnia: chronic and short-term or acute.
What Causes Insomnia?
If you have insomnia, the cause of your condition will depend on the type of sleeplessness you experience.
Acute insomnia, otherwise known as short-term insomnia, can have several causes, including:
- Environmental factors, such as a snoring partner or a change in the light;
- Stress, such as in the workplace or a relationship;
- Financial issues
- Sleeping in an unfamiliar bed or surroundings;
- An upsetting, traumatic, or distressing event;
- Changes in your sleeping habits, sleeping in an unfamiliar bed or with different surroundings, such as in a hotel or new home;
- Physical discomfort or pain;
- Jet lag;
- Working hours, such as working night shifts;
- Certain medications, such as beta-blockers, corticosteroids, and SSRI antidepressants.
On the other hand, chronic insomnia lasts for at least three months and can be primary or secondary. If you have primary insomnia, your sleeplessness will have no known cause. However, secondary insomnia occurs alongside another condition, such as:
- Medical conditions that can cause physical pain which make it harder to sleep, such as arthritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or a limb injury;
- Psychological conditions, such as anxiety or depression;
- Medical conditions that cause movement, such as restless leg syndrome;
- Substance use;
- Sleep apnoea;
Who is More at Risk of Insomnia?
You can be diagnosed with insomnia at any age, but women are more likely to be affected than men. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), you are more likely to have insomnia if any of these factors apply to you:
- High-stress levels
- Emotional disorders, such as depression or anxiety
- Travelling to different time zones
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Changes in working hours or working night shifts
If you have been diagnosed with certain medical conditions, such as obesity and cardiovascular disease, you are more likely to be diagnosed with insomnia. If you have just started menopause, you might have insomnia.
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How Does Hypnotherapy for Insomnia Work?
Sleep plays a vital role in maintaining or physical health and mental wellbeing, yet many people have insomnia. However, insomnia can be cured, and hypnotherapy is one of the best natural remedies for the condition. At Focused Hypnosis, we will partner you with a qualified hypnotherapist, who will use guided relaxation methods, such as positive verbal repetitions and mental images, to help you successfully achieve hypnosis. Once you reach a state of total relaxation, your hypnotherapist will help you discover what triggers your insomnia and disrupts your sleep. Then, we will work with you to help you think more positively about your worries, help you relax, and teach you sleep-inducing techniques. Visit our blog to find out how does hypnotherapy work.
Benefits of Curing Insomnia with Hypnotherapy
- Hypnotherapy offers you the tools to achieve a state of total relaxation, which will make it easier for you to fall asleep;
- Unlike many other forms of psychological treatment, you have the power when under hypnosis, as you can control the methods that your hypnotherapist will use, and you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state whenever you want to.
- Hypnotherapy is all-natural and has little side-effects or complications.
- You cannot become reliant on hypnotherapy, unlike sleep-inducing medications.
- Hypnotherapy is cost-effective and a cheaper option for psychological treatment, as it only requires around six sessions. Please view our website to find out more about how much does hypnotherapy cost.
- Hypnotherapy teaches you self-sufficient methods that can be practised when you are struggling to sleep.
What to Expect from an Insomnia Hypnotherapy Session?
During your first insomnia hypnotherapy session, your hypnotherapist will begin by explaining how hypnosis works. After that, you’ll have a conversation to establish why you want to cure your insomnia and agree on the methods that your hypnotherapist will use.
Then, the hypnotherapist may:
- Use guided relaxation techniques to lull you into a deeply relaxed state of mind and body;
- Use your agreed method to help you achieve your goal. For example, teaching you to associate sleep with positive outcomes;
- To conclude the session, your hypnotherapist will gradually bring you out of your trance-like state.
Tips for Improving Sleep
There are many lifestyle choices you can make which can improve your sleep, which includes:
- Increasing light exposure throughout the day or spending more time outside;
- Reduce blue light exposure in the evening, such as watching television or going on your mobile phone;
- Do not consume caffeine late in the day;
- Do not eat late in the evening;
- Do not take daytime naps;
- Exercise regularly, but not before bed;
- Try to have a consistent sleeping pattern;
- Consider using a sleeping supplement, such as lavender;
- Do not drink alcohol or participate in substance abuse;
- Create a comfortable sleeping environment;
Will Hypnotherapy Help me get a Better Night’s Sleep?
Hypnosis can be an effective, efficient, and accessible form of treatment for insomnia. However, hypnosis is not the right form of treatment for everyone, as if you are not open to hypnosis, you will not be able to be hypnotised. Also, hypnosis is not suitable for you if you have a serious mental disorder, such as schizophrenia, to create false memories. To find out more about sleep hypnotherapy services in Sheffield, please contact us on 01143830123.