Hypnotherapy & CBT for Insomnia
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Sleep is as essential to our bodies as breathing, drinking, and eating. It is vital for maintaining good physical and mental health. Insomnia can lead to negative health effects on all the main systems of our bodies. These include the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system, and the digestive system. Using a combination of hypnotherapy and CBT for insomnia I can help you to enjoy regular restful sleep and rediscover your zest for life.
It’s very probable that you are reading this feeling tired, irritable, anxious and afraid and don’t fully understand why or what you need to do to make it better. You may well be worried about what the future holds if you can’t get into a regular healthy sleep pattern. Having helped many people successfully overcome their insomnia I am only too aware of the mental and physical toll it is currently having on you. My goal is to always make you feel safe and secure and to support you while we manage your anxiety and retrain your brain to adopt a new beneficial sleeping pattern
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a learned behavioural pattern. It can be described as the inability to either get to sleep or stay asleep. It is estimated that approximately 40% of the UK population struggles to get to sleep on a weekly basis. 1 in 5 are thought to have trouble falling or staying asleep every night. If your mind has been racing during the day then you may find it difficult to fall asleep or to enjoy a restful night’s sleep.
Perhaps you can remember a time when you were free from insomnia but now you struggle to escape your racing thoughts. Together we can use both online hypnotherapy and CBTi methods to help treat your insomnia.
Anxiety is caused by worry or negative thinking. It’s a natural stress response created in our mind, that has evolved with us throughout time. If our early ancestors thought they were under attack their stress response would be triggered. We often refer to this as the fight/ flight mode. Their brains would produce an overload of stress hormones. These would increase their breathing and heart rate giving them the best chance of survival. You can quite quickly release these stress hormones which may mean that you often feel jittery and that you find it difficult to switch off, especially when trying to sleep.
In this day and age, it is not often that we fear for our lives but our brains are still able to unconsciously activate our fight/flight mode. The part of the brain which engages this is very simple and can often get things wrong. It can mistake our concerns as major threats and so switches on our fight/ flight mode. You might be worried, for example, about money, relationships, exams, work, your insomnia or your health. Your brain will react the same way as if there was a physical threat so unfortunately, your levels of stress hormones increase.
The effect of anxiety on insomnia?
The more anxiety that you create then the harder you will find it to relax. I’m sure that you are aware of the infuriating feeling of wanting to sleep but not being able to even though you have allowed yourself plenty of time. If you have been worrying about things during the day then your stress response has been activated. It will then stay on alert for quite some time afterwards. Unfortunately, it’s just not possible to just flick an imaginary switch and immediately enter a state of relaxation needed to achieve a good night’s sleep. You will still have an oversupply of stress hormones. These have been designed to increase your alertness, and increase your heart and breathing rate. This will make achieving sleep very difficult.
During your sleep you will cycle through different stages of sleep, these are called REM sleep and Non-REM sleep. If you have spent a lot of time being anxious during your day then it will affect your sleep. During your REM sleep, you will re-run the events of your day, however, if you have been worrying quite a lot there isn’t enough REM time to process them. Your mind will then wake you up. I’m sure that unfortunately, you’re familiar with being awake at around 3 am and finding it difficult to go back to sleep.
How hypnotherapy and CBTi for insomnia can help
If you have been living with insomnia for over 3 months then you have built up a pattern in your brain associated with poor sleep. You’ve probably already discovered that sleep aids are ineffective as they do nothing to retrain your brain and change this pattern.
You have unconsciously and unwittingly built up a negative association with your bed and bedroom. Your brain now sees your bed as a place to release your anxious thoughts which either keep you awake, wake you up in the early hours, or both.
During our time together we will use several CBT for insomnia methods to help you sleep better. Your insomnia has developed as in the past you have changed your sleeping habits or your personal circumstances changed. I will work with you to design and develop a bespoke sleeping routine in order to retrain your brain allowing you to adopt a regular beneficial sleeping pattern.
Using hypnotherapy will help you to take control of your anxious thoughts so that you can both fall asleep quicker and enjoy uninterrupted sleep.
I believe that you have everything that you need within you to gain freedom from your insomnia and you will be provided with all the knowledge and resources necessary to ensure that you can enjoy lifelong change. I will support you up until the point that you decide that you no longer need my help.
Below are a few snippets from some of the many satisfied clients I have worked with. For more reviews please visit my testimonial page.
‘Work is currently quite stressful but I keep listening to the download and the tips that Ian gave me and I’m flying’
‘I have tried all sorts of methods to help with my anxiety but seeing Ian is the only method that has worked for me’
‘Ian is calm and understanding and pushes you to find the answers in you that you know are there’
‘I feel much more in control of my habits. I can see that there was much more to my problems than just eating’
‘My performances have improved since my sessions with Ian. They have enabled me to better deal with on court stress and helped me to develop a more positive mind set’
‘I feel like I’ve had a massive reset’
‘I have waited for nearly a month to write this review because I am so amazed that stopping smoking has been as easy and pain free as it has’
‘Ian somehow took away my self-guilt and self-shame and helped me to achieve my goals’
‘Ian has helped me get back my self-esteem and mojo’
‘I can’t believe the difference that he has made to how I cope with things after just a few sessions’