Hypnotherapy and insomnia

Countless studies tell us that sleep is incredibly important for our brain function and mental health. Getting the recommended 8 hours is essential, but unfortunately, those with insomnia struggle to sleep at all.
Fortunately, there are some ways to treat insomnia and improve your sleep. One of these ways is through hypnotherapy. There’ll be more on how hypnotherapy can help later, but, first, let’s have a look at the symptoms of insomnia, and what insomnia is.
Symptoms of insomnia
The most common symptoms of insomnia are as follows:
• Fatigue
• Difficulty falling or staying asleep
• Low levels of concentration
• Difficulty thinking
• Irritability
• Excessive sleepiness
• Anxiety and depression
What is insomnia?
The definition of insomnia is difficulty sleeping or staying asleep for a long enough time to feel refreshed the next morning. The vast majority of us will have experienced this, but usually only for one or two nights. If the issue persists for more than a week, it’s likely you have insomnia.
There are so many reasons why you might have difficulty sleeping. Stress at work, coffee too close to bedtime, worrying about something the next day, etc. etc. Whatever the cause, a lack of sleep can leave us feeling awful the next day.
Hypnotherapy and sleep
If you’re struggling to sleep, the best thing to do is to consult your doctor to rule out any physical causes. The doctor can recommend a number of treatments, including medication, which can help you sleep. Although these treatments can be effective, it’s also a good idea to try and discover the cause of insomnia and target this.
This is where therapy can come in. Hypnotherapy is an example of a number of different types of treatments you could try. Therapy is a very personal thing, so not every type will be suited to you, but hypnotherapy has been shown to have a really positive effect on those suffering from insomnia.
It may be that anxiety or depression, or both, are causing your difficult sleeping. If this is the case, hypnotherapy can help you to overcome whatever is causing you to feel anxious or depressed, and thus help with your insomnia.
Unfortunately, insomnia doesn’t always have a clear reason. Hypnotherapy can assist in these cases as well, by helping you to uncover why it is you’re having trouble sleeping.
Hypnotherapy works on the subconscious level, and there are many techniques a hypnotherapist can use to discover what might have caused your insomnia. Once the cause has been found, your therapist can also offer a range of treatment options so you can reduce the effects of your insomnia, and hopefully overcome it entirely.
Unfortunately, it won’t be a quick fix. The number of sessions you’ll need will vary depending on your circumstances. Some people may only need a single session, whereas others may require 3 or even 5. It all depends on how long you need to get over your insomnia.

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Hypnotherapy and Childbirth

Pregnancy is a time of excitement, change, and sometimes worry. For those who have never been through it before, it can be a stressful time, but there are some things you can do to get through pregnancy in the most relaxing and anxiety free way possible.
Hypnotherapy can be used to relax you both during pregnancy and labour. By taking a few sessions in hypnobirthing, as it’s popularly known, you can reduce your stress during pregnancy, labour, and also reduce your risk of post-natal depression. Read on to find out how.

What is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing refers to using hypnosis during childbirth. The idea behind it is that an expectant mum goes to a few classes to learn self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques. Once they’ve learned these, they can take them into the delivery room and apply them to reduce their stress levels.
Unfortunately, learning hypnotherapy for childbirth is no guarantee your birthing will run smoothly. Each delivery is different, and there’s no knowing what might happen. But it does pay to be prepared, and if you have effective relaxation techniques, it can help you to take on anything the process can throw at you.
Hypnosis takes a bit of time to perfect, and you shouldn’t expect to pick it up straight away. In light of this, it’s best to start your hypnobirthing classes between 25-30 weeks, so you have plenty of time to practice. It doesn’t matter if you’re further along because it’s possible to benefit regardless of the amount of time you have to practice beforehand.

What can you expect from a hypnobirthing class?
One of the key aspects of hypnobirthing is learning to see birth in a positive light. Of course for many women, pregnancy is a hugely exciting time, but for others, it’s a time also of anxiety and apprehension. Everyone has heard a few horror stories which might play on their minds as their due date draws nearer.
With this in mind, hypnobirthing classes focus on positive language such as ‘surges’ instead of ‘contractions,’ and ‘birth breathing’ instead of ‘pushing.’ You can also expect to learn self-hypnosis techniques as well as visualisation and breathing exercises designed to help you regain control and to reduce your anxiety levels.

The benefits of hypnobirthing
There are reports of some different benefits of hypnobirthing benefits, both physical and psychological. First off, it leads to higher chances of a shorter labour, with a reduced chance of surgical or medical intervention.
Secondly, there’s an increase in the sense of bonding between mother, father, and child.
Finally, it can lead to reduced recovery time for the mother after the birth, and also a reduced chance of post-natal depression.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and think that you could benefit from hypnotherapy then please get in to9uch with me today on: 07870 893226.

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The Importance of Sleep

We’re always being told that as a nation we don’t get enough sleep and that sleep is incredibly important for our mental and physical health. Studies have shown that’s it’s just as important as eating healthily and getting regular exercise.
The issue is that both the duration and quality of our sleep has steadily decreased in the modern world. Long working hours and lots of artificial light make it difficult for our brains to switch off at night. This is made worse by the blurring of boundaries between work and relaxation, as people feel compelled to answer emails outside of work hours.
But why is sleep so important, and how can you ensure you get the best night’s sleep possible?
Read on to find out more.

Why is sleep so important?
One of the reasons sleep is so important is that it is the time when our bodies repair, and our brains sort information we’ve learned during the day.
The truth is we know very little about quite why we sleep, and why we sleep so long. When you think about it, it seems counter-intuitive to be vulnerable for such an extended period. It’s okay now when humans have protected themselves from natural predators, but before this sleeping would have been quite dangerous!
This must mean that the evolutionary benefits of sleeping for long periods of time outweigh the costs.
We all know how it feels to be tired and sleep deprived. It’s difficult to concentrate, and we tend to be a lot less productive. Our memory is also impaired. So sleeping is also important when it comes to ensuring our brains are firing on all cylinders.
A lack of sleep also leads to a whole host of physical health problems too, with poor sleep being linked to a greater risk of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and an impaired immune system.
Not only is our physical health likely to be affected, but our mental health is also too. Poor sleep has been linked to increased instances of both depression and anxiety.

How can you get a good night’s sleep?
So, it’s pretty clear from all this that getting a good night’s sleep is essential. But what are the best ways to get better sleep? Well, we’ve compiled a list for you!
1. Don’t use your phone an hour before bed. The artificial light from it can prevent the release of melatonin which regulates sleep.
2. Go to bed and wake up at a regular time every day, so you set your body clock.
3. Don’t drink caffeinated drinks too close to bedtime.
4. Get regular exercise.
5. Don’t eat big meals too close to close to bedtime.
6. Invest in blackout blinds to keep your room as dark as possible, especially if you live in an urban area.
7. Try relaxing using meditation or breathing exercises if your mind is busy.
8. Try and have a routine that can help you sleep. Maybe have a bath or shower and read a bit to calm your mind.

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Hypnotherapy for university

Very soon a whole new year of young adults will be starting their first year at university, and many will be returning after a nice long summer break. Whether you’re just starting at university, or returning, you may be worrying a bit about what to expect, or hoping to improve upon your performance the year before.

Unfortunately, while it can be a very fun and fulfilling experience, university does come with its stresses and causes of anxiety. It can also lead to depression. Luckily, however, there are things you can do to prevent this from happening, or, if you’re already suffering from a mental health problem, help yourself to recover.

There are many forms of therapy, and they won’t all work for everyone. This article, however, is going to focus on hypnotherapy and how it can help you to make the most of the coming year at university.

Hypnotherapy for anxiety

Hypnotherapy has long been used to combat anxiety. Whether it’s worrying about your grades, deadlines, or social situations, hypnotherapy can help by uncovering what’s triggering your anxiety. University is a time of change, so it’s not unusual to feel some slight apprehension or trepidation, but if this starts to impact on your everyday life, hypnotherapy can help you understand why.

Hypnotherapy works on the subconscious level, so it’s great at discovering what’s going on ‘behind the scenes’ in your mind. Once the reason for your anxiety has been uncovered, your hypnotherapist can provide a roadmap to overcoming whatever it is that’s causing the unwelcome worrying.

Hypnotherapy for depression

As previously said, university is a time of great change. You may me moving away from home for the first time, and the structures that school provided are no longer there. It’s for these reasons, and others, that depression is so common among university students. Exam and essay stress is another thing that can lead us to feel depressed.

Again, fortunately, hypnotherapy is perfect of uncovering the reasons for your low mood, and once it’s done so, it can provide a way of combating it and getting back to a more positive outlook where you no longer feel overwhelmed by the pressures of university.

Hypnotherapy for procrastination

We’ve all been there. The essay deadline is coming up, but you still can’t quite be bothered to get started on the reading for it. There always seems to be something more fun to do! Unfortunately, it’s a not a good long term strategy.

Fortunately, hypnotherapy can help you to organize your work and bring about a healthy work-life balance. It can help you better prioritise your tasks, and also feel less overwhelmed if you’ve got a lot of deadlines.

Once you feel calmer about the work you have ahead of you, it’s easier to view it as not an insurmountable task, but a series of smaller ones you can get on with one at a time.
If you’re struggling with anything at university and think that you may benefit from hypnotherapy, then please get in touch with me on 07870 893226.