IT’S A NIGHTMARE!
Insomnia is defined by an individual’s report of sleeping difficulties, difficulty with falling asleep and/or staying asleep and also poor quality of sleep.
Poor sleep patterns over a period of time can cause stress surrounding the need to gain longer better quality sleep. This stress can then lead to shorter, poor quality sleep, it’s a vicious circle!
There are three categories of insomnia:
Transient insomnia: lasts for less than a week and can be caused by other disorders such as stress.
Acute insomnia: is the inability to consistently sleep well for a period of less than one month.
Chronic insomnia: lasts for longer than one month, can be caused by another disorder, or it can be a primary disorder with its effects varying
So what can be done about this problem?
There are lots of common remedies to help people relax before bed, such as having a bath an hour before bed, creating sleep routines, having a relaxing massage, restricting alcoholic and caffeinated drinks and if all else fails taking medication.
But how about changing the way we look at Insomnia!
Insomnia isn’t all bad! It can be beneficial…How?..because if you aren’t sleeping you are thinking! But there is a golden rule! You can’t think about problems while you are lying down or relaxing! Because it’s really easy to get into your subconscious mind while you are relaxed (that’s what hypnosis is all about).
So when you think of insomnia, think good thoughts!
“Oh I had too much coffee, I probably won’t sleep well tonight”.
Your next thought now should be “Hey that’s not so bad, I can use the time until I fall asleep to program my mind with positive thoughts”.
Keep a list by your bedside that states all the things that you are grateful for in life and all the things that make you happy, including all the things you have yet to look forward to.
NLP releasing technique
Visualise the person, situation or event that is causing you anxiety. Hold this picture clearly in your mind. Change the picture to a black and white image. If there is sound make it quieter and quieter until silent. Gradually shrink the picture until it becomes a small dot and disappears.
Now picture a new situation, something you wish to happen. Make this picture colourful and vibrant. Add sound or music that you like. Put a white frame round the picture and hold it all as long as possible. Repeat as often as possible, you are giving your subconscious mind a message about the path you want it to take.