Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
Do you have difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep?
Do you wake up too early feeling unrefreshed?
It has been estimated that approximately 30% of the adult population complains of insomnia or other sleep disorders at any one time. For a third of these it is a chronic problem (1).
There are three distinct types of insomnia:
• Transient insomnia
Insomnia of short duration, usually as a response to stress, jet lag, or bereavement.
• Secondary insomnia
Insomnia that is secondary to another disorder, e.g. depression, pain, drug abuse, anxiety disorders, etc.
• Primary insomnia
Insomnia is of unknown origin.
Insomnia can be experienced in one of three ways:
• Initial sleep difficulties
An individual finds difficulty in initiating sleep when they first go to bed.
• Intermediate sleep difficulties
An individual will initiate sleep, but will awaken during the night and find it difficult to return to sleep.
• Early morning awakening
An individual will awaken early in the morning and not be able to return to sleep.
Often they will awaken with pessimistic thought patterns.
Other sleep disorders can include:
- Confusional arousals
- Restless leg syndrome
- Teeth grinding (sleep bruxism)
- Sleep paralysis
- Night terrors
Sleep disorders are now considered to be one of the most common health complaints. They can seriously affect the physical, mental and emotional functioning of many individuals.
N.B. Sleep disorders and insomnia could be a result of a medical condition so it is important to discuss your issue with a medical profession to rule out any underlying physical issue.
“After having sleeping problems and anxiety at night for years, a couple of sessions with Daniel has helped me no end and I’m now no longer anxious at night time and sleeping better than I have ever been. Thank you!” Charlotte.
Hypnotherapy for Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
Hypnotherapy focuses on understanding and changing patterns of behaviour. Though the cause of the problem will vary for each individual, there are many events or situations in life that may increase the risk of developing a sleep disorder.
If you have suffered a trauma or experience current stress or anxiety, which may be contributing to your sleeping problems, then these will be focused on in your sessions. There is no one size fits all treatment – your individual circumstances have led to your sleeping difficulties so these contributing factors will be discussed and targeted during the hypnotic part of the session.
When appropriate, sessions will be recorded for you play at home to help you de-stress and build upon the skills, that you will be developing during the sessions, to enable you to get that valuable restorative sleep that your body and mind needs.
If you’d like to learn how hypnotherapy can help you sleep deeper and feel rested then please do get in touch.
1. Szuba MP, Kloss JD and Dinges DF (eds) (2003) Insomnia: Principals and Management Cambridge University Press