Sleep, blissful sleep….sleeping like a baby. Is that an impossible dream for you?
How wonderfully restorative and natural a good night’s sleep is. To wake refreshed, relaxed and energised with a clear head after the full quota that you, as a unique individual, require. But maybe for you, the reality is disturbed nights, visits to the loo, snatched sleep, and when at last you do slip thankfully into sleep you are rudely awakened by your partner’s snoring. Maybe just their turning over in bed wakes you up again to dreary 3am reality.
Why we need sleep
There is no doubt we need to sleep. Light sleep or dozing happens first, then REM (dreaming sleep) which allows the subconscious to clear out and process many of our psychological issues. This is followed by deep wave sleep, when we are ‘sound’ asleep. Deep wave sleep frees up the immune system to get busy doing its work of healing and repair. This includes not only repairs to the body but also the brain, as during this phase the brain synapses in the neural networks are repaired. Thus sleep keeps us in prime health and wards off illness and even, ultimately, physical or mental breakdown. Patients in hospital have to stay in bed for a reason!
The stages of sleep
The sleep process is not linear. It is more accurate in fact, to picture the stages of sleep as being like a staircase: we move up and down that staircase all night long as we go in and out of the stages of sleep. REM sleep occurs at different times of the night, and we often dream again just before we wake up in the morning – how often have you found yourself deep in a dream when the alarm bell calls you?
Helping ourselves to sleep
There is a lot we can do to help ourselves sleep better:
- a regular bedtime routine installs the right mindset
- avoid alcohol as it disturbs sleep (going to bed really drunk blocks the vital deep wave stage)
- a milky drink releases sleep inducing chemicals
- a warm bath relaxed us physically
- a peaceful mind: visualise dumping your worries outside the bedroom door – they will be there in the morning for you to collect them
- avoid a heavy, late meal as it stresses the digestive system
- get rid of the alarm clock – forget time
- heavy black out curtains suppress the ‘wake up response’ our eyes have to any sign of light
- sleep in a separate room if your partner disturbs you
- get plenty of fresh air, good food and exercise daily
- avoid intense exercise just before bed.
Hypnotherapy for ‘hopeless’ sleepers
However many of my clients have tried all the above and still despair over getting a good night’s sleep. Some have used sleep medication but are uneasy over the long-term effects.
Hypnotherapy is powerful as transforms the subconscious patterns which are keeping us awake. Clive, a business entrepreneur with a million ideas on the go, identified through hypnosis that he rejected sleep subconsciously, as he believed he was wasting time when he was asleep. Sleep was an inconvenience, that put his dreams and visions on hold. He resented sleep as it deprived him of time to move forward. Sounds daft? Well, we humans beings are not always creatures of perfect rationality are we? Or ten-year old Olivia, who did not feel it as safe to go asleep, so she had better stay awake where she did feel safe. Jolene, a busy mum and administrator, was enslaved by the endless tyranny of problem-solving, she had won arguments with her son’s teachers, lost three stone, shone brilliantly at job interviews, made over her entire house and garden and done the lot all at 3 am in her pyjamas!
Hypnosis deals with those deeply ingrained issues that generate anxiety, worry, anger, frustration, tension and even fear. Never, ever, give up and give in to insomnia. Through hypnotherapy you can let sleep happen naturally and sleep like a baby. You are entitled to enjoy perfect sleep every night of your life.
You can make you sleep!