Hypnotherapy for Insomnia in St. Louis
Insomnia is a difficulty in getting to sleep, or getting enough sleep. Sleep is something everybody needs. It plays a vital role in both our physical and mental health. This is because when we sleep our body heals and repairs itself.
Sleep allows our brain to process the information collected through the day and if we are deprived of sleep we can suffer real physical problems. Indeed, sleep deprivation has been used as an effective means of torture by those practicing such things.
As well as making you feel tired, the lack of sleep can lead to physical illness and increase your risk of heart disease and obesity. Mentally, not getting enough sleep can lead to anxiety and can make it hard for you to concentrate.
Common Symptoms of Insomnia
- low levels of concentration
- difficulty thinking clearly
- excessive sleepiness
- anxiety and depression
Why is Sleep Important?
If you are experiencing prolonged periods of disrupted sleep or no sleep at all, the damage may affect you instantly or start over time. For example, if you had a poor sleep but need to drive, your low levels of concentration may result in an accident. Alternatively, over time the damage can lead to many chronic health conditions. A prolonged lack of sleep can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.
Sleep is also important in your ability to learn. It helps your creativity and improves your problem-solving skills. When sleeping problems develop, these abilities are hindered. Over time this can make daily activities difficult, impacting your relationships and working life.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is defined as difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning.
Most of us will have experienced a disrupted sleep and will know how it feels when you can’t seem to fall asleep. It may be that you are thinking about the next day or have had a coffee too near to bedtime. Perhaps you found it easy to fall asleep, but continue to wake up through the night. Either way, a rough sleep can leave you feeling drained and irritable the next day. Those who suffer with insomnia will experience these feelings regularly.
It is estimated that a third of people in the UK have episodes of insomnia during their lives. While it is not uncommon, it is believed that it can affect any age. However, people over the age of 60 and women appear to be more susceptible.
Hypnotherapy for Insomnia
While some sleeping problems will have an obvious cause, others may not. Hypnotherapy for insomnia can be helpful if you are unsure why you are having difficulties sleeping.
Using various techniques, Hypnotherapy can tap into your subconscious to uncover what may have triggered the problem. Once the cause is found, a tailored course of therapy can begin.
When suffering from insomnia for a long period of time, the patterns of sleep disturbances can become embedded in your subconscious. Hypnosis for insomnia aims to communicate with this and suggest positive changes. These suggestions will help you to break the negative thought patterns causing the problem.
An important part of hypnotherapy for insomnia is teaching you how to relax. For some people, physical or mental tension can make sleeping difficult. Hypnotherapy uses relaxation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation to help reduce tension. Sessions will help you to develop a routine which can assist you in getting back into a normal sleeping pattern.
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I offer a FREE 15-minute phone consultation for information about hypnosis, fees & insurance, scheduling, and how hypnosis may benefit you or a member of your family.
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Linda M. Guhe, MSW
225 S. Merame Avenue, Suite 205
St. Louis, MO 63105-3511
All conditions that may be helped using Hypnotic Techniques also require the commitment of the patient or client.
Hypnotherapy is not magic and can only help you to make changes if you have a strong desire to change and are willing to put in a maximum effort.