Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching & NLP

in Exeter, Devon. Uk

Tel: 01363 775935    

Sleep Issues

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Are you getting a good nights sleep or laying awake looking at the ceiling?

“Just thought I would let you know that ******** is about to sit her very last GCSE on Monday – she has sailed through the exam period with only one really bad night’s sleep – quite a contrast to previous periods of exams – in fact she has been really calm about the whole exam business – taking it all in her stride!!! Thank you for helping her achieve this!”  

Sleep problems are often caused by anxiety and stress related issues. They can be viewed as bad habits and, like all bad habits, can be unlearned and replaced with good habits; i.e. falling asleep easily and enjoying a proper night’s sleep.

Sleep problems usually fall into two categories:

  1. Not being able to fall asleep at night.
  2. Waking up at an inconveniently early hour and not being able to fall asleep again.

I think most of us have had this experience at some point in our lives but for some it is a chronic complaint.  At the Practice have helped clients who had been suffering for some 20 years or more.

Listen to our  free  Sleeping problems podcast here

Insomnia can be seen as difficulty getting to sleep or waking in the early hours and having trouble getting back to sleep. Interestingly it seems to be more common in women than men, it is thought that up to a third of adults in the UK have insomnia at some point and seems to be more of an issue as we age.

It is quite difficult to know what is a normal nights sleep as everyone is different, some only need a few hours as in Mrs Thatchers case (only about 2hrs) and others need a good eight.

The most common factors that can be blamed for insomnia are stress and anxiety and seem to be the main culprits. Once the root of this is conquered good sleep hygiene can commence. Because your unconscious mind has learnt to stay awake from a formed habit it thinks it is the thing to do when you go to bed, this is something that we can change with hypnosis here at the practice.  We have a high success rate for treating insomnia.

The most common symptoms of insomnia are:

  • Finding difficulty getting off to sleep
  • waking up early in the morning
  • Waking in the morning feeling as though you have not slept and feeling irritable, tired, and finding yourself unable to function and focus during the day.

So what is sleep and why do we need it?

Sleep is a natural state of unconsciousness where we all need to spend some time in order to let our body repair and rest. Whilst you are sleeping your body goes through cycles of light, deep sleep and dreaming (although you may not remember dreaming), other wise known as rapid eye movement (REM).  These cycles last on average around 90 minutes in duration. Lack of sleep can lower your immunity and lead to other complications. 

 After two consultations with a 15 year old finding trouble sleeping her mother reported the following: “The sleep pattern is generally better – after your last session she finds she is not so stressed about not getting to sleep. she has gone from not sleeping for 5 nights out of 7 to on average sleeping every other night so it is getting better.”

How we can help you?

By giving you techniques to help with both categories of sleep problem we can help you to improve your sleep patterns significantly. This in turn will alleviate the indirect effects of  sleep problems, such as daytime anxiety and bruxism (teeth grinding during the night).  To book your appointment phone the practice today on 01363 775935.  We look forward to hearing from you.


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