Your unconscious mind knows how to sleepwalk but also knows how to completely relax, sleep deeply and stay in bed throughout the night.
The NHS describes Sleepwalking/ Somnambulism as walking or carrying out other activities when you are asleep. It is not uncommon in children but people usually grow out of it by adulthood, but it does occur in adults too.
How I can Help you With Sleepwalking / Somnambulism
- Sleep Diary
I will normally ask you to keep a Sleep Diary, and to also record what you did during the day, stressful events, what you eat and drink, any recreational drugs, smoking, alcohol etc. Sleep Diaries are very powerful catalysts for change.
- Life Coaching
The diary can help you identify changes to your life style and routines that you might like to make, such as reducing stress and stimulants. I can help you prioritise, set realistic goals and support you as you make those changes.
- Sleep Training
I can help you to re-train your mind and body to:
- Focus on relaxing as you fall asleep, anticipating a wonderful refreshing night’s sleep, staying relaxed and in bed throughout the night.
- Using hypnotherapy, we can include specific hypnotic suggestions. With Sleep Walking it is useful to tell the unconscious mind to wake you as soon as your feet touch the floor.
I can also teach you self-hypnosis and other techniques you can use to calm your system, slow down your thoughts and give you alternative strategies for dealing with difficult 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.
It is advisable to check with your GP to rule out any ill health. If you are on medication, check with your GP whether sleepwalking could be a side effect.
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 therapy of choice for Sleepwalking – “it is self-empowering, safe, inexpensive, and the effect is potentially long lasting. He reports on a many of cases treated successfully hypnosis right back to 1975. He notes that medications often have side effects.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
You can also book session by session or as Sleep Walking tends to be fairly complex, I recommend the Sleep Transformation Programme (8 sessions) as that combines all the above areas and gives time to work through complex issues and create the changes you want in your life.
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