I'm just so tired all the time, Insomnia and Hypnotherapy

I’m just so tired all the time.

Sleep is good for our brains; I think we all know that. But today there has never been such a disparity between what our brain needs in terms of sleep and the world we live in. Modern life allows us to operate in multiple time zones on one internet, send emails outside of working hours, go to the supermarket at 11pm, we even have access to 24hour gyms (if we want to), all perpetuated by social media. It’s no wonder so many of us are tired all the time (the NHS even has its own acronym for it, TATT). In today’s 24/7 world we must really work hard to give our brains downtime.

How much sleep do we need?

It’s recommended that all adults get between 7 – 9 hours sleep a night. Large brain studies show that sleep deprivation slows our brain down, lowering our resistance to stress, interfering with our memory, our capacity to focus and ability to learn. Older adults who have fragmented sleep have increased risks cognitive decline and have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease and insomnia is also a risk factor for stroke and the primary risk factor for the development of depression. Culturally, now modern science has shifted our focus to the importance of sleep, we must lose the perception that lack of sleep is something to be proud of or that by sleeping we are missing out on something in today’s go-go society.

Sleep Hygiene

There are many recommendations on how we can get a better quality of sleep and we hear a lot about sleep hygiene nowadays. Sticking to a regular bedtime routine, turning screens off before bed, getting enough exercise in the day and outdoor light exposure are all important. For some this is helpful, but for others it’s not enough and for those are experiencing significant sleep issues (chronic insomnia is defined by the difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep at least three times a week for at least three months) behavioural therapy can help.

How can Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) improve sleep

Using a blend of psychotherapy and hypnosis, SFH reduces stress and anxiety, calms the mind and gives the brain a space to process. Trance mimics Rapid Eye Movement dream sleep, when we process emotional memories and turn them in to narrative memories. During REM sleep, the brain shifts into the theta state, producing the same brainwaves we see during hypnosis and meditation. Clients often see rapid improvements in their sleep patterns which has a positive effect on their focus, work performance, relationships and sex life.

In conclusion, putting quality sleep high on your priority list and seeking help when sleep hygiene isn’t enough, can really improve the overall quality of your life. So put the phone down, get outside in the sunshine and please don’t go to the gym at 3am. Whilst the fear of FOMO (fear of missing out) can be very real, let’s face it, you’re probably not missing anything!

If you are experiencing sleep issues and would like to discuss how SFH could help you to improve your sleep, I offer a free consultation www.mindhealthhypnotherapy.co.uk/contact.

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