The word hypnosis stems from the Ancient Greek word Hypnos – which means sleep. Difficulty achieving sleep or staying asleep is often accompanied by an ‘overactive’ or worrying mind. Self-hypnosis and mindfulness are highly effective in achieving states of relaxation that can help the worrying conscious mind to ‘switch off’ so that sleep can ensue. But achieving relaxation before sleep doesn’t necessarily address the underlying cause of insomnia.
Recurrent sleep problems can be exhausting, both physically or mentally. Whether it’s insomnia, persistent nightmares, bruxism (commonly known as teeth-grinding) or sleep apnea, the effect of loss of sleep is draining.
Nightmares or sleep disturbances are often caused by underlying psychological issues such as stress and anxiety which then become stuck in the subconscious. This is especially true of nightmares because sleep is like a night-time detox for the mind when unresolved issues come to the surface and intrude in our dreams.
There are other common sleep issues which can have an intrusive effect on our lives.
Sleep Apnea is a common, usually chronic disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. These can last from a few seconds to minutes, often end with a loud snort or choking sound and may occur 30 times or more an hour. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Sleep paralysis is harmless, but a distressing condition, often linked to stress, that can occur when woken during the REM phase of sleep. The sufferer is unable to move their limbs and although this is distressing it is harmless and does wear off.
Our sessions work at clearing the stress, anxiety and unhelpful patterns that are preventing you from sleeping. We then work with you in a structured and supportive way to help you break free from the cycle of insomnia and get the quality sleep that you need to have a healthy and balanced wellbeing.