Health & Fitness - Physical
Insomnia - How Hypnotherapy Can Help You Sleep

by Peter Field
Sleeplessness and insomnia is something that affects the lives of many people in today's fast paced society. In this informative article a leading British psychotherapist explains the disorder and what can be done about it.
We can all sometimes experience difficulty in sleeping.

This is perfectly natural and nothing to worry about. Alterations in our day to day routine, illness, stress, and life changes are all really valid reasons for sleep disturbance. As such, the insomnia or sleeplessness will most often fade away in a relatively short time, and sleeping patterns will return to normal.

With chronic sleeplessness and insomnia, however, the story is different.

If you are suffering with insomnia, then you know how uncomfortable it is to lie there not sleeping, worrying about getting up in the morning. Maybe you're one of those people who have difficulty drifting into sleep; or perhaps your find yourself awakening at night, unable to return to sleep; or you could be the sort that awakens early in the morning, feeling tired out.

You know the toll it takes if you've been suffering from insomnia or sleeplessness--whatever your sleeping pattern is. Poor sleep leaves us feeling tired and fatigued in the daytime, it reduces our ability to concentrate and affects our focus, leaving us feeling irritable, moody and out of sorts.

About 1 in 5 of us experience some difficulty in sleeping. Insomnia is more likely to occur with age and is most common in women, though it can be experienced by anyone and at any age.

The exact number of hours sleep we need is subjective and varies from person to person. Some people seem to manage easily on only 4 or so hours a night, but most of us appear to need more, around 6 to 8 hours being the average.

There are a number of things that you can do in order to maximize your ability to sleep and these include reducing or eliminating caffeine and cigarettes, or at the very least not having them within 6 hours of bedtime. Make sure you do not drink any alcohol within six hours or do any strenuous activities within four hours of bedtime.

Regardless of how tired you feel, stop yourself from sleeping or taking a nap during daytime. Always get up at the same time as you normally would, never attempt to over sleep at weekends. It really is best to remove all clocks from the bedroom, even placing your alarm clock under the bed if needed.

There are good reasons for you to consult your doctor for a medical check-up if your insomnia has persisted for any period of time. Any possible underlying physical disorder which may trouble your sleeping needs to be eliminated.

Hypnotherapy can be used to treat insomnia and sleeplessness in two distinct ways. Both have proven useful. The first approach will teach you how to enter a state of self-hypnosis in a matter of seconds and then allow you to use simple techniques that will enable you to drift easily into a beautiful restorative slumber. This particular approach remedies the majority of sleep problems effectively. A good self-hypnosis recording specifically designed to treat insomnia and sleeplessness can be extremely beneficial here. You just put it on to your CD or MP3 player, don your headphones, follow the instructions you hear and in no time at all you will be sleeping. The headphones are easily and quickly slipped off before sleeping,

In cases of more persistent complex insomnia and sleeplessness, however, it is better to work 1-on-1 with a fully qualified transformational hypnotherapist. It's necessary to uncover and then neutralize any deep, psychological difficulties that may be provoking this kind of insomnia. 4 to 5 sessions are usually all that's required to accomplish this. The person returns to a more natural sleeping pattern once the underlying psychological issues that causes insomnia at the subconscious level have been resolved.

If you or someone you care about are having trouble sleeping then do not despair, there really is help available. There's no real need to continue suffering from insomnia, nor do you need to rely on sleeping medication. Self-hypnosis recordings designed to conquer sleeplessness, or transformational hypnotherapy with an experienced hypnotherapist, will help you deal with insomnia.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information purposes only and is not to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. If you are experiencing prolonged periods of sleeplessness then be sure to consult your doctor or medical advisor.

Peter Field in one of the UK's leading hypnotherapists. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health. His sleeplessness mp3 download is available for anyone experiencing sleeplessness. For 1-2-1 therapy please visit Peter Field Hypnotherapists Birmingham

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