Your unconscious mind knows how to create restless legs and arms and also knows how to completely relax the whole of your body and sleep deeply.
The NHS describes the symptoms of RLS as “an overwhelming urge to move your legs and an uncomfortable sensation in your legs. It may also affect other parts of your body. It is generally worse in the evenings and at night.
It does not generally hurt. Nor is it ‘pins and needles’. Many people with RLS also suffer from Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD). It is advisable to check with your GP if you are on medication, as RLS can be a side effect. It is also a good idea to rule out any ill health.
How I can Help You With Restless Leg Syndrome
- Sleep Diary
I will normally suggest you keep a diary and record not just the RLS, but also your sleep patterns, the quality and quantity of sleep, your routines, what you eat and drink in the evening, any alcohol or recreational drugs, stressful events, how you are feeling etc.
- Life Coaching
your diary will help you identify any changes to your life style and routines that might help you relax more and combat or reduce the RLS. I can help you prioritise changes you might want to make, help you set realistic goals and support you as you work towards them.
- Sleep Training
Using NLP and Hypnotherapy I can help you to:
- relax as evening comes and stay relaxed and still as you fall asleep
- adopt a regular, relaxing evening and night time routines.
- Sleep well throughout the night
- Counter anxious thoughts and expectations about experiencing RLS
- Turn off stressful thinking
- Quieten an over-active mind
- Transforming the Cause
Sleep issues are often caused by the build-up of long term stress, and so by removing the stressful feelings, resolving and letting go of things that have bothered you consciously or unconsciously, perhaps for years, can have a profound effect on your sleep – and on other areas of your life.
- Self Hypnosis
I can also teach you self-hypnosis and Breathing Techniques you can use to calm your system, slow down your thoughts and give you alternative strategies for dealing with stressful situations.
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.
Positive self-talk – It is important to talk nicely to yourself and your body. If your boss talked to you as you do to yourself how motivated would you be to change?
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 for Restless Legs Syndrome. He notes that medications often have side effects. He reports that the reduction of tension and increasing relaxation as the key to overcoming cases of RLS.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
How much detailed help you need depends on how much stress you are under and how severe the RLS is. You can book session by session or consider a Sleep programme of 4 or 8 sessions if You have another sleep disorder such as PLMD or there are other areas of your life that maybe impacting on your stress levels.
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