Sleep is one of the most important factors in our lives when it comes to our health and happiness, and most people aren’t getting nearly enough of it! Not only does sleep provide a physical rest for the body, but it is also important for our mental health as it allows our minds to process what has occurred that day, and gives us a chance to fully relax and reset.
There are around 80 different sleep disorders that people can suffer from such as insomnia, night terrors, sleep paralysis and many more. Whether you can’t get to sleep, you have bad dreams, or you wake up all through the night, each different sleep disorder comes with its own set of problems that can end up only serving to perpetuate the sleep problem, meaning that once you start having a bad night’s sleep, you end up always having a bad night’s sleep.
You may not think it at first, but hypnotherapy is actually a great way to help you start sleeping well again, no matter what type of sleep disorder you suffer from. So, if you’ve tried sleeping pills, a warm bath, exercise, hot milk before bed or a whole host of other supposed ‘cures’ for sleeping troubles, it’s time that you tried hypnotherapy for your nightmares or insomnia.
In a hypnotherapy session, the hypnotherapist will be able to use a variety of different techniques such as NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) to help change the negative thought patterns that cause your nightmares or sleeping anxiety. Not only can your thought patterns be changed to become more positive, but hypnotherapy can also help you to find the root of your sleep troubles and change the thought processes that cause it to stop you from getting a good night’s sleep. For example, if you have suffered the loss of a loved one recently, this can often interrupt our sleep as we begin to think more and more about death and not waking up from our sleep. This in turn stops us from being able to sleep and the cycle continues. Through hypnotherapy, the hypnotherapist will help to address these fears and give you some new thought processes so that you can sleep more easily.
As well as regular hypnotherapy sessions, your hypnotherapist may also teach you some self-hypnosis techniques which you can use in a real-world situation, or when the problems start to arise as you try to fall asleep.
Alongside the aforementioned hypnotherapy techniques, you can also include a number of the following suggestions to your nightly routine: try yoga or meditation, avoid caffeinated drinks after dinnertime, turn off your phone/tv at least an hour before bed, or try reading a book just before bedtime to help you wind down.