Insomnia means having poor sleep. Poor sleep hygiene includes: Not being able to sleep early, waking up too early, waking for long periods of time during the night and not feeling refreshed after a night’s sleep.
A lot of the time, insomnia is related to underlying anxiety.
Some of the problems associated with insomnia include,:
- health issues
- feeling irritable
- not being able to concentrate
- Not being able to function well
Insomnia is often symptomatic with other disorders. For example, people with chronic pain often have trouble sleeping due to the pain that may keep them up at night.
Insomnia can range from short term acute insomnia to long term chronic insomnia.Long term chronic insomniac can often lead to very poor sleep quality and constant ruminations about how one is going to sleep. This in turn, leads to increased anxiety and continues to become a vicious cycle of poor sleep.
Some of the other causes of insomnia are as follows:
- One cause of insomnia could be due to sleep apnea. This occurs when the large airway collapses or narrows as you sleep. this causes snoring but can also lead to reduced oxygen going into the lungs. This leads people with this condition to wake up to breathe and disturbs the sleep cycle. (note that not all people who snore have sleep apnea!) Sleep apnea is also more common in women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome.
- Poor sleep or insomnia can at times be temporary e.g. such as due to stress, jet lag, move to a new place, sleeping on a new mattress or bed etc.
- Illnesses such a fibromylgia or cancer can also cause insomnia. Pain is also a major factor that can cause insomnia.
- Stimulants such as coffee, tea, alcohol can all cause insomnia. For example, many people drink alcohol to sleep however alcohol actually causes broken sleep. Nicotine is also a stimulant so smoking cigarettes can also cause insomnia.
- Certain drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine and cannabis can disturb sleep patterns. These drugs are also ‘stimulants’.
- Certain prescribed medications can also lead to insomnia. for example antidepressants, steroids, slimming tablets, painkillers containing caffeine and even sleeping tablets can lead to poor sleep quality.
- Sometimes poor sleep can also be due to distractions in the bedroom or environmental factors. e.g. television, laptops, loud music coming from the flat above etc. which can cause disruptions to one’s natural pattern of going to sleep.
- Pregnancy can naturally lead to hormonal and physiological changes which can also lead to insomnia. At times there may be emotional reasons which may also cause insomnia. Insomnia during late pregnancy can also be due to the discomfort of having an expanding abdomen whilst trying to sleep.
How can Therapy help with insomnia?
Therapy can help you to return to ‘normal’ patterns, of sleep, reduce levels of arousal and muscular tension and further remove any underlying stress or anxiety that you may be experiencing.
Relaxation and counselling techniques will also be used and taught to promote better sleep and calmness of the mind.
Just some of the Clinical based evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in treating Insomnia:
22 student volunteers that underwent hypnotherapy and relaxation training for the treatment of insomnia reported substantial improvements in their sleep problem following training.
- The study compared the effectiveness of hypnosis and relaxation training in the treatment of insomnia among 22 student volunteers. Using a subjective rating scale, subjects in both the hypnosis and relaxation conditions reported substantial improvement in their sleep problem following training, but objective records showed that only subjects in the relaxation condition achieved a significant reduction in the actual incidence of insomnia. The difference between conditions may have been the result of lower expectation of success on the part of hypnosis subject
In a couple of sessions, Becker reported that 50% of patients suffering from chronic insomnia experienced improvement in their sleep pattern lasting over 16 months after a simple 2 session treatment course. .st a couple of sessions
(Source: Becker PM. Chronic insomnia: outcome of hypnotherapist intervention in six cases. Am J Clin Hypn 1993;36:98-105.)
Contact me today for you free consultation and take the first step towards sleeping better.
Sidra Khan: MBPsS, MNCH (Reg), D. Hyp, C.Hyp, PNLP
Fully qualified and registered Clinical Hypnotherapist
Contact: 07526 000360