What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that’s characterised by having difficulty falling asleep, maintaining sleep and waking up early, without having the required amount of sleep you needed. This means you wake up feeling tired, grumpy and lacking energy. It causes you to feel sleepy and tired throughout the day.
When you’re sleeping, you transition through stages of NRM (Non Rapid Eye Movement) and REM (Rapid Eye Movement). Non Rapid Eye movement is when your body is healing and repairing itself. REM is when your eyes flicker and you dream. You go through stages lasting around 90 minutes of switching between NREM and REM. You usually go through around 4 – 5 cycles of this each night.
The average amount of sleep needed is between 7-9 hours per night. When you miss out on a night’s sleep you feel the effects the next day. If you start missing more than a nights sleep it’s hard to catch up and your mind and body will suffer. You’ll feel negative and everything feels like it takes more effort.
When you’re lying in bed tossing and turning and you just can’t go to sleep it causes frustration and anger, which fuels the body with adrenalin. This makes you feel more hyper making it more difficult to go to sleep.
Insomnia is a common issue and most people will experience it from time to time. One in three people will experience insomnia at some stage throughout the year whereas one in ten people experience insomnia most nights.
Insomnia can be short term or long term and it can come and go throughout your life.
There Are Two Kinds Of Insomnia:
- Primary Insomnia is when sleep issues arise due to life circumstances and what’s going on in your day-to-day world.
- Secondary Insomnia is related to health issues including depression, chronic pain, alcohol abuse and others.
Primary Insomnia is also known as Acute Insomnia and just to make it more interesting I call it Situational Insomnia. With some changes to your life circumstances you can reduce your stress levels and go back to your usual sleep patterns.
Secondary Insomnia means there are underlying health conditions that are causing the Insomnia. Your body is working hard against illness, pain or side effects from medication. There are things you can do to promote better sleeping habits but ultimately you need to get some help from medical practitioners to be safe.
Situational Insomnia is when something is going on in your life that’s causing you stress. When you’re stressed you tend to over-analyse things, which triggers your emotions. Some situations that can cause temporary Insomnia include:
- Money and finances
- Stress levels
- Career issues
- Caffeine intake
- Weight Gain
- High sugar foods
- Medication side effects
- Changes in sleeping environment
When you make some adjustments in your life you will go back to sleeping as you did before the insomnia kicked in. The good thing is you can use insomnia to keep you on track. If you’re experiencing insomnia take a look at what’s going on in your life and see if you need to make any changes. Learning to reduce stress in your life is key to being able to sleep peacefully at night.
If you have Chronic Insomnia you need to seek expert medical advice. What you need to determine is if or what the health conditions are that’s effecting your ability to sleep. The next thing you can do is learning new stress reduction techniques and relaxation processes to help train your mind and body to fall asleep. This can be achieved through Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy trains your mind and body to work together so you can retrain your brain to calm down, manage stress levels, relax your body and slow down your mind from over-analysing thoughts.
6 Tips To Help Sleep Peacefully
Only Go To Bed When You’re Tired
Don’t go to bed at a specific time if you’re not tired yet. Train your mind to associate your bed with sleeping. Don’t spend more time in your bed than necessary.
Unplug Yourself From the World
Don’t over-stimulate your mind before bedtime. Turn off your phone, your laptop, your iPad, stop reading and watching TV. Give yourself some quiet, silent time before you go to bed. Allow your mind the time to slow down before you go to bed.
Self-hypnosis is a really good way to teach yourself to fall asleep easily and effortlessly. Self-hypnosis is putting yourself into a trance state and giving yourself positive suggestions to help you sleep.
Progressive relaxation can be done using Hypnotherapy or Meditation. Progressive relaxation is when you are guided to relax each muscle in your body starting from your head and finishing at your feet. It helps to release tension in your body so you can feel calm, peaceful and relaxed.
If you’re having relationship issues or any other kind of conflict the only way you are going to let go of stress is by addressing it. You need to man up and have a conversation and reach a resolution to whatever is causing you stress. Taking the problem to bed with you only prolongs the problem.
Instead of opting for sleeping tablets which make you feel hung over in the morning try adding a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow. Lavender has been used for many years for assisting a deep, restful sleep. You can add lavender oil in your bathtub and relax in the bath before you go to bed.
When You Should Seek Help
You should seek help if your sleeping patterns don’t go back to normal after a few days. Insomnia can lead to more serious sleep disorders including Chronic Insomnia, Narcolepsy or Sleep Paralysis. Insomnia is not something you want to live with and it’s easier to change it at the beginning rather than after months or years. You can see a doctor to rule out any potential health issues.
Hypnotherapy is a great way to help you learn to sleep deeply and peacefully. It helps you to relax and get control of your thoughts and emotions. See how hypnosis can help you sleep better. Book your appointment here: