Fixing Sleep Issues - with the Power of Hypnosis
The current pandemic has certainly changed the we live our everyday lives. It has affected many of our daily routines, and one of its biggest reported impacts has been that on sleep. Sleep becomes more elusive when we are anxious. You may have trouble turning off from the 24/7 reporting of the coronavirus pandemic and potential consequences. Whilst you try to work out how you will look after elderly parents or school your children, getting a good night’s sleep may not seem important. However, a lack of sleep can weaken you immune system making you more susceptible to disease, therefore healthy sleep habits should be a priority for everyone.
Many people are suffering sleep issues for the first time in their lives:
awake for long periods
unable to fall asleep at all
wake up several times during the night
more intense and emotional dreams
tired and groggy the next morning
find it difficult to concentrate or function properly
Sleep disorders are preventable or treatable, but less than one-third of sufferers seek help.
Good quality sleep consists of three elements: duration, continuity, and depth. If your sleep is lacking in one or more of these elements, your health will suffer. For example, you may be sleeping for seven hours. But if your sleep is shallow and fragmented, you may still show symptoms of sleep deprivation.
Good Sleep strategies will help you sleep well and limit the negative effects of poor sleep
Try these FIVE tips for calmer and better sleep.
1 Limit news intake and avoid your mobiles and tablets for at least an hour before bed
Do something to boost your mood before bed - a humorous television programme or an uplifting podcast can help you sleep
2 Have structure to your day
Our brains and bodies love structure. Wake, exercise, eat and sleep at similar times each day
3 Focus on your breathing
Think about resting rather than sleeping. Follow your breathing by silently whispering the words ‘in’ and ‘out’ to induce sleep.
4 Learn to relax
Relaxation can switch off the stress response, physically and mentally. Find something that works for you - mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing or a long hot bath.
5. If you can’t to sleep - get out of bed
Your bed should not be a battleground. Instead, try to enjoy the sensation of merely resting.
Hypnosis can help many forms of sleep issues and insomnia.
If you are not sleeping well, and traditional treatments are not working, hypnosis may be able to help you sleep the way you desire. It uses different approaches to induce relaxation, such as focused attention, symptom control and guided imagery. And, unlike sleep medications, it has no side effects, so it can be an aid for those who can’t or don’t want to take sleeping pills.
It can help overcome bedtime restlessness - ease the worry, tension and anxiety that prevent sleep - and can show the way to the deep, restorative sleep that we all need.
With lockdown extended now is the time to tend to our health. Practicing good sleep habits will enable you to think more clearly about decisions that affect our families, our businesses, and our communities.
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