Is a traumatic event keeping you awake at night? Trauma can play havoc with our nights – fear and anxiety may surface as you lie down, making it almost impossible to relax and fall asleep, and then nightmares and waking distressed.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is particularly common amongst the military and emergency services but can affect anyone experiencing extreme fear, horror or helplessness – events such as road accidents, terror attacks, violent attacks, violent deaths and disasters. The onset is often within a month or so of the event, but may not occur until months or years later. Common symptoms include:
- Repetitive and distressing images or sensations
- Physical sensations, such as pain, sweating, feeling sick or trembling
- Sometimes feelings of guilt and trying to work out what you could have done differently
How I can Help With Insomnia and PTSD
How much help you need depends on the severity of the trauma / PSTD and insomnia. There may be other issues – perhaps you are using alcohol or other stimulants or you have symptoms such as Pain that I can help you to manage and reduce.
- Transform the Cause
NLP can be very effective and quick at healing PSTD and traumatic memories. It does this by helping you become more disassociated with the event, so that although you do not forget it is as though it happened a long time in the past and the event is now far behind you.
- Sleep Training
Once the cause has been resolved, I can help you to quickly and effectively calm your system. I can help you re-train you mind and body to sleep well. Your mind and body remembers how to sleep well, so I will then help you re-programme your mind to let go of the fight and flight response that surfaces as you lie down to sleep and instead see bed as a restful place to relax and snuggle down
Self-Hypnosis is useful tool and I can teach you how to use to reinforce our sessions. You can also learn to use it for pain and discomfort.
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.
If you have got into bad habits, such as using alcohol to sleep, you may want to make changes to support your sleep. I suggest keeping a Sleep Diary and Life Coaching.
- Life Coaching
Making changes to your life style, your routines and your bedroom could improve your sleep, health, wellbeing, relationships and career. Your Sleep Diary may help you identify areas you might like to change. I can help you prioritise changes, set realistic goals, and support you as you work towards achieving them. The information will also support our one to one therapeutic sessions, enabling me to really personalise them to your needs.
- Sleep Diary
Diaries are very powerful tools for change and will give you insights into life style changes that could help improve the quality of your sleep. I can also use the information to tailor therapy sessions to your individual needs. A diary can record:
- Your sleep patterns, how much sleep you get, the quality of the sleep
- How you feel when you wake up and throughout the day
- You day to day routines and activities
- Stressful or relaxing events
- Food & Drink– what you eat and drink and when
- Stimulants – tea, coffee, alcohol, nicotine and recreational drugs – how often and what time you use them etc.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Everyone is different and makes changes at different speeds. Many people make the changes they want quite quickly (2 or 3 sessions) and others will need more time – it depends on the person and the event.
Sometimes there are other issues linked in that have to be resolved before you can make the change you want. I recommend the longer Sleep Transformation Programme (8 sessions) if you also want to make changes to your life style and habits.
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