As you lie down, do you find your mind notches itself up into overdrive, racing, around the same track of thoughts, like an insomniacs Silverstone? And you lie there, trying to get life/ thoughts / sleep under control, but the brake pedal is nowhere to be found and the key is stuck in the ignition……Then come the bumps and the corners …..
Have you tried turning the racing car or whatever it feels like to you, into a snail, munching up the thoughts bite by bite, as though they are the leaves, just ignoring what is going on around…
Anxiety is a common cause of insomnia. We all experience periods of worry and nervousness, anxiety and stress, and these can allow us to respond to better challenges and dangers. But sometimes you find you are having incessant and illogical thoughts even about little things, which as you dwell on them, become bigger and bigger.
How I Can Help With Insomnia and Anxiety
It is best to deal with the root cause of your anxiety rather than just symptoms such as poor sleep, as in the long term the anxiety re-surfaces. Worry, stress and overthinking takes its toll on your body too, and may lead to conditions like indigestion and skin problems that also keep you awake at night. A viscous circle…
- Transform the Cause
we will look at when the anxiety started, what are your beliefs around life, and about yourself. Stress is the root cause of many sleep disorders and so as we tackle the root cause, it will positively impact on your sleep and anxiety.
- Sleep Training
re-train your mind and body to focus on relaxing, anticipating at wonderful refreshing night’s sleep as you easily and quickly drift off to asleep and staying relaxed and asleep throughout the night.
- Sleep Diary
If you think that there are other areas of your life that are also out of kilter, it will be useful to keep a diary to record your day by day activities, routines, sleeping and waking times, how many hours sleep you get, the hours you are working and also what you eat and drink during the day and evening – and night. Diaries can be a powerful tool for change.
- Life Coaching
We will explore your priorities and help you make the changes to your life style and routines that support your health, wellbeing, relationships – as well as your career! I will help you set realistic goals, and support you as you work towards achieving them.
- Self Hypnosis
I will teach you self-hypnosis and other techniques you can use to switch off, calm your system, slow down your thoughts. Self-Hypnosis is also a maintenance skill throughout your life with many issues.
- Breathing Techniques
I will teach you techniques that you can practice daily to relax or energise you. Breathing techniques can also be very useful for snoring.
as little as 10 minutes twice a day can be very beneficial as it will give you a method of progressively becoming more still, more focused, more present and more in charge of both your mind and body. I teach simple, modern forms of meditation – no need to shut out thoughts or sit in uncomfortable positions.
Dr William C Kohler MD, author of Hypnosis in the Management of Sleep Disorders, and a pioneer in Sleep Clinics and Sleep Medicine in America, sees hypnosis as a safe alternative therapy to medications Insomnia. He notes that medications often have side effects. He reports that the reduction of tension and increasing relaxation as the key to overcoming insomnia.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
To tackle the root of your anxiety and the sleep issues, I recommend the Sleep Transformation Programme (8 sessions) as this gives time to work through complex issues and create the changes you want in your life. It also allows you to learn and practice self-hypnosis and meditation as we go along.
However you can book a session at a time if you wish.
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