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Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders: Making a lasting change


I take forever to fall asleep.

I go to sleep and wake up exhausted.

The more I try to relax, the harder it is to sleep.

I haven't slept well since I started a new shift at work.

I can't remember the last time I had a full night's sleep.

What causes sleep disorders?

If your day is full of excitement with the anticipation of a coming event, your sleep may be interrupted. Occasional insomnia is rarely a problem because once the event is over, your sleep returns to normal.

If you have a difficult day and problems are not resolved, you may find sleep elusive. Worry, anxiety or depression can disrupt your sleep. You may find you can go to sleep, but you are awakened in the night and cannot get back to sleep. The less sleep you get, the more you may worry, and sleep seems to become impossible.

Are there other causes of insomnia?

Your sleep can be disrupted by any number of external things. What happens right before your bedtime? Are you having one last cup of coffee or tea? Is this when you finally get to exercise? Have you been doing work that needs all of your mental concentration? Is this the time that arguments happen? Do you watch the news or disturbing programs or movies just before bedtime? Some of these may apply to you. If you take a nap during daylight hours, your nighttime sleep can be affected. Also, insomnia may be caused by something from the past. If this is a possibility, then a qualified hypnotherapist can get to the source, and release the causal imprints.

How can hypnosis help?

Sleep problems respond well to hypnosis. With some specific guidance, you'll be able to give yourself the suggestions needed for a full and restful sleep. You'll learn how to give yourself permission to relax and enjoy restful sleep. You'll learn new ways to return to sleep if you are awakened during the night. Hypnosis can help you discover ways to relax daily and give you tools to help ignore other noises or disturbances that can be disruptive.

I work graveyard and have to sleep during the day. It's almost impossible. How can hypnosis help?

Hypnosis can provide help, no matter when you need to sleep. With your therapist, you'll take an inventory of your surroundings and habits and find the things that you are able to change in the physical environment. Once those are identified, you can work on the tools you need to fall asleep and stay asleep for the length of time you need. You can sleep and not be exhausted.

Whatever happened to counting sheep or drinking warm milk to get to sleep?

For some people, those are great temporary solutions. But if your sleep is disturbed often over a long period of time, counting sheep and drinking warm milk may be tools that aren't working anymore. With your therapist, you'll learn some simple tools to help you set aside the day's worries and anxieties so you can sleep deeply, and give both your body and your mind the rest they need. Even if you're not at all confident that you can put yourself into sleep mode hypnosis can overcome your uncertainty and give you the confidence you need to take care of yourself. Refreshed by a good sleep, you'll handle a new day's work with renewed energy and focus.

"The more I am sleeping, the less anxiety I feel and the less panic I have upon waking." (Librarian)






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