Can't get to sleep? Keep waking up? Feeling tired and listless? Losing concentration?
What does Insomnia mean to you?
It is a rare person who has never experienced insomnia. We all have periods in our lives when our normal living patterns are disrupted. Maybe we are travelling in different time zones, working shift work, or there is something playing on our mind that just won’t go away. Occasionally we experience the loss of a loved one; this may interfere with our sleep for a while. However, these circumstances are usually overcome after a while and we return to our normal sleep pattern.
There is no specific definition of insomnia, it means different things to different people as each persons experience is individual to them. The result however is the same for everyone, you are getting insufficient quality sleep during the night, and during the day feel tired, unfocused and unable to function in the way you would like to.
Do not ignore insomnia as it might be a symptom of a more significant problem or disorder. Also a continued lack of sleep can be the cause of accidents, affect your health, your relationships and your work.
Recognise your sleep problem?
Classically people tend to think of insomnia as an inability to go to sleep, and for many, though certainly not all, this is the case. They lie in bed for hours, tossing and turning, unable to slip into restful sleep.
For some it is just the opposite, they climb into bed, settle down, and drift happily off to sleep – then suddenly they pop awake at, say, 3.30am. In fact they wake up at exactly the same time each morning and then find it very difficult, if not impossible, to get back to sleep.
Sleep Apnoea affects many people. This is a sleep disorder characterised by pauses in breathing during sleep. Persons experiencing sleep apnoea are rarely aware of the difficulty they have breathing while asleep. The only evidence, other than observation by other people (it may really alarm a partner) is that the sufferer simply gets used to the daytime sleepiness and lack of energy and fails to associated them with sleep disturbance.
Another problem for some is that they have no difficulty going to sleep, however they wake up many times during the night, experiencing very ‘shallow’ sleep, frequently accompanied by restless tossing and turning on each waking. This can also be related to ‘restless leg’ syndrome.
The great news is that insomnia doesn’t have to be a permanent problem. You can get help, and one of the best ways of dealing with insomnia is with hypnosis and NLP. When you visit our clinic Tricia Meister will teach you excellent self-help techniques to get you back into a regular sleeping pattern.