Are you struggling to enjoy each day?
The evenings are getting lighter and the clocks will be going forward. The resulting increase in daylight hours can have a positive impact on our mood, especially if we are spending time outside.
But what if you are struggling with insomnia and are unable to fully enjoy each day. Perhaps the knock on effect of this is leaving you feeling drained and irritable. Lack of sleep can make it more difficult to concentrate and, in other words, do the things we need to do and want to do.
Sadly, it is estimated that as many as a third of adults and two thirds of teenagers, for whatever reason, are not getting enough sleep.
These are the recommended number of hours:
- School children 6-13 years: 9-11 hours
- Teenagers 14-17 years: 8-10 hours
- Adults: 7-8 hours
Establishing good routines and behaviours to promote sleep; known as sleep hygiene, can help. This could include:
- Establishing a regular sleep schedule
- Limiting daytime napping
- Avoiding vigorous physical exercise and intense mental stimulation too close to bedtime
- Avoiding stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol in the late evening
- Limiting your exposure to bright light in the hours leading up to bedtime
- Creating a peaceful, comfortable, dark sleeping environment
- Limiting the use of electronic devices in the bedroom
- Exercising regularly
- Scheduling time to unwind and relax
Are you caught in a vicious cycle?
Maybe you have tried all these things and are still struggling. This may result in us becoming caught in a vicious cycle, where the more we don’t sleep, the more anxious we get about it, which leads to us having yet more trouble sleeping.
Hypnotherapy can help
Research shows that stress, anxiety and depression are often the underlying causes of insomnia. Thankfully, hypnotherapy can be a very effective tool in overcoming sleep difficulties. By addressing the underlying stress related issues, hypnotherapy can help you overcome anxiety and depression.
One of the first things my clients often notice, after just a few hypnotherapy sessions, is that they are sleeping better. The impact this has on their ability to cope, for example by better regulating their emotional responses and having the confidence to deal with challenges, is incredibly positive.
To find out more about different types of insomnia and how hypnotherapy can help click on the link below:
Perhaps tinnitus is keeping you awake?
Tinnitus is usually linked to hearing loss and part of the ageing process. It can also be caused as a result of exposure to loud noise or ear conditions. It is estimated that about 1 in 10 adults in the UK have tinnitus.
People with tinnitus experience sounds in the ear that aren’t produced by external stimuli. These sounds can be constant, intermittent or pulsating and occur in one or both ears. Sounds commonly range from hissing, sizzling, buzzing, whooshing, white noise or even hearing fragments of tunes or songs.
Tinnitus can be very distressing and can result in increased anxiety and difficulty sleeping.
Hypnotherapy can help you manage tinnitus
Hypnotherapy can help reduce the stress produced by tinnitus. Self-hypnosis can be used as a tool break down unhelpful thought patterns in the subconscious mind that can create a stress response. In short; it can help us feel calmer. By allowing both the mind and body to relax, sleeping well can become easier.
Manage chronic pain
Chronic pain may also be preventing you from sleeping well. Hypnotherapy can be a useful tool. Research shows hypnosis can significantly reduce pain associated with a range of chronic pain conditions. Read more about this in my April blog. There may be other physical challenges that you are dealing with that impacting on your sleep. Hypnotherapy can help you manage these better and consequently improve sleep.
Find out more about how I can help
Recognising that you might need some support can be very helpful. Then taking that step to find the right support can be life changing. You can take positive steps to discover your inner strengths and hypnotherapy can help you do this.
Contact me on 07550 098029 if you would like to have a chat.
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Emma Victoria Tranmer MA PGCE DSFH Clinical Hypnotherapist