Updated: Jun 22, 2020
Sleep is one of the most important aspects to good health.
If it is becoming a struggle for you to get to sleep or you are struggling to stay asleep, then it may be time to look for support. With so many life pressures as well as the need to ‘stay connected’ on social media, it’s no wonder that so many of us find it difficult to switch off. The added weight of the current climate and so much uncertainty surrounding it means that more and more of us are struggling with our sleep.
Have you found that the more you are struggling to sleep, the more tired you become, the harder you ‘try’ to get back to sleep, the more you ‘try’ and get an early night? Well unfortunately this could be part of your problem. The word ‘try’ is actually a linked with not ‘doing’. The more you try to do something, the harder if will become.
So when you’ve 'tried’ your hardest and need extra support, I’d like to share how hypnosis can help you.
Hypnosis is a natural state that we all go into throughout the day. Daydreaming about the future, getting lost in thought, these are all natural states of trance similar to hypnosis. Whilst hypnosis feels like blissful relaxation, it is actually achieving a highly focused state of awareness through guided verbal cues. The subconscious mind, the part of the brain that enables you to breath or read this sentence without even thinking, also loves patterns. Everything you learn becomes part of the subconscious, and this includes sleep issues when it becomes a pattern. The sleep issues have become embedded within the subconscious and so we need to re-frame it, and teach it a new pattern. Through hypnosis, I can access the subconscious and uncover the underlying cause as to why it is struggling to support your sleep. There are many reasons your subconscious could be struggling, it could be anxiety, it could be that loud noise you keep hearing at 3am and it is keeping you safe by waking you up. Hypnosis allows us access to the root of the issues, understand the pattern so we that can re-frame it, allowing you to achieve a blissful night sleep again.
If you would like support with your sleep issues, please get in touch, I’d love to help.
In the mean time, here are some ideas for you to implement:
Create a routine- Bed time routines really are so important, it’s your brain and body’s cue to start to relax and get ready for sleep state. It’s a great idea to start thinking about going to bed about an hour before you even reach your it. Some things you could do are, having a herbal tea, coming off your phone or perhaps journal about your day.
Exercise- Ensuring you’re moving your body each and everyday is so important for sleep. You don’t need to have a long workout, simply having a walk or dancing to some music is great, especially whilst we are inside for so many hours of our day.
Make relaxation a priority- Make a list of all the things you do, or could do, to relax and ensure you are doing at least one of these everyday. If you can do these as part of your bed time routine even better. Whether it’s reading, a hot bath or a meditation, do whatever works the best for you.
Create the best sleep environment- Make sure your bedroom is your little slice of heaven. Maybe it’s soft bedsheets, or relaxing décor, make your bedroom a soothing room. Making sure you are just using the bed for sleep (ok and sex), and not for TV or your phone, also helps your brain understand that this is where sleep happens.
Write a to do list/ brain dump when you finish work- Start making your to-do lists and the end of your day for the following day and you will notice how much less work is on your mind. It helps you to clear your mind and switch to the non-work version of yourself.
Cut down on alcohol and caffeine and nicotine- We all know these but it really does help improve your sleep. If sleep has become an issue for you, it could be a great idea to cut these all out at least until you can establish your happy blissful sleep pattern.
If you’d like more information on this subject, please do get in touch.
If you are experiencing chronic sleep issues, consult your GP to understand if there are any underlying health conditions.