Sleep is something everybody needs. It plays a vital role in both our physical and mental health. But, sleeping problems, such as insomnia, can make it difficult for some people to get enough sleep.
As well as making you feel tired, lack of sleep can lead to physical illness and increase your risk of heart disease. Mentally, not getting enough sleep can lead to anxiety and can make it hard for you to concentrate. It is estimated that a third of people in the UK have episodes of insomnia during their lives. While it can affect anyone at any age, people over the age of 60 and women appear to be more susceptible.
Treatment for insomnia
When treating sleeping problems, there are various approaches you could take. It is important to first speak to your doctor to eliminate any physical causes. Your doctor may recommend you take medicine to help you sleep. For some people, this can be an effective treatment, but it is important to try and find out the underlying cause of the problem. Behavioural therapies and talk therapies are often also advised.
Hypnotherapy is another treatment option that many people find effective. Hypnotherapy for insomnia can tackle any potential causes while helping you relax and drop off to sleep. For example, if anxiety or depression is the source of your insomnia, hypnosis for sleep may complement your existing treatment. Overcoming these issues may then help to improve your sleeping pattern. Alternatively, if a habit is causing your insomnia (such as alcohol) hypnotherapy for insomnia can work to break this habit.
Symptoms of insomnia
Symptoms differ depending on individual circumstances. However, there are common symptoms, including:
Being awake for long periods at night.
Not being able to fall asleep.
Waking up several times during the night.
Waking up very early and being unable to get back to sleep.
Feeling tired and groggy the next morning.
Finding it difficult to concentrate or function properly.
The number of hypnotherapy sessions you’ll need will depend on your personal circumstances. Some people only need one session, while others may require deeper work. An initial consultation will give you a better understanding of how many sessions you may need.
If you suspect you may be suffering from insomnia, it is important to speak to your doctor. They will rule out any health conditions that may be causing your sleeplessness.