Do you have Insomnia?
Insomnia is a difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep long enough to feel refreshed the next morning. This is a common problem thought to affect one in three people in the UK. Not being able to sleep is exhausting and can have a major affect om many aspects of your life.
If you have insomnia you may:
- Find it difficult to fall asleep
- Lie awake for long periods at night
- Wake up several times during the night
- Wake up early in the morning and not be able to go back to sleep
- Not feel rested or refreshed when you wake up
- Find it hard to nap during the day
- Find that you are irritable and it is difficult to concentrate
Episodes of insomnia can come and go for short periods, however it can last for months or even years. Persistent insomnia can have a major impact on your quality of life and relationships. It can affect mood and limit what you can do o during the day.
How much sleep do I need?
Everyone is different and there are no official guidelines as to how much sleep you should have. An average or “normal” amount of sleep would be considered between seven and nine hours for an adult. Children and babies need more sleep and older adults may sleep less.
What causes insomnia?
- Stress and anxiety
- Poor sleeping environment (too light, bed uncomfortable, too noisy)
- Lifestyle factors (alcohol, caffeine, shift work, jet lag)
- Physical discomfort
- Certain medications
If you are suffering from insomnia I would always recommend a review by your GP to rule out a physical cause.
How can Hypnotherapy help?
Sleep patterns are always changing. Hypnotherapy changes habits and sleep pattern is another type of habit. Your mind is very powerful and there are many ways in which your mind can help you to go to sleep. You can learn how to relax yourself and just drift off to sleep.