Hypnotherapy - ' A wonderful antidote to sleep' (client)
In my therapy practice, the most common problem that is discussed is sleep, or more importantly...the lack of !!
Sleep is extremely important for emotional and physical regeneration. The mind and body can relax and start to heal itself from the rigours of daily living.
We know that when we don’t sleep well, we don’t cope as well the next day and simple tasks become unbearably hard. We don’t seem to be able to solve the easiest of problems and of course it affects how we cope emotionally.
There are many things that we can do to help ourselves to sleep better and of course in the ‘Solution Focused’ vein we know that – If we take that first step to change – Change happens
The Sleep Foundation Organisation have produced wonderful tips for healthy sleeping such as:
Avoiding light Disruption – Not only preventing bright lights from the bedroom, but also disconnecting electronic devices or leaving them outside of the bedroom – it has been known for a long time now that the lights from tablets, mobile phones and laptops can prevent the natural flow of melatonin. Studies have also shown that the constant 'flashing' of light that shows that an email or text has arrived, interrupts sleep
Keeping noise to a minimum – maybe consider ear plugs if you can’t persuade the snorer in your life to sort their own problems out
Maintaining a comfortable temperature – which according to the sleep foundation org should be around 65 degrees
Using relaxing scents such as lavender
Try not to nap in the day time and keep to a routine of when you wake up ( including weekends when you may be tempted to lie in )
Avoid caffeine and alcohol prior to bed time as they can both affect quality of sleep
We know that everyone is different and what helps one person, may not help another, so why not try keeping a sleep diary to identify how well you are sleeping and what may be helping or hindering your sleep pattern.
It is also important to note, that although anyone can suffer periods of sleeplessness from time to time, some causes are physical and if the length of insomnia without reasonable explanation is prolonged, it should be discussed with your GP.