Waking up in the middle of the night or struggling to fall asleep is a problem that many people face. Insomnia is difficulty in getting to sleep, difficulty staying asleep, early awakening or non-restorative sleep. From work stress to personal thoughts, insomnia can leave anyone fatigued. Furthermore, the more stress we experience, the bigger load we carry and the more we pile into our metaphorical ‘stress bucket’. This can negatively impact our emotional and physical well-being, along with our ability to sleep. When an individual is lacking sleep it can impact numerous areas of their lives. It often causes stress, anxiety and a lack of motivation due to exhaustion. It often becomes a vicious cycle, as you go to bed already expecting that you won’t be able to sleep.

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

• Find it hard to fall asleep

• Wake up several times during the night

• Lie awake at night

• Wake up early and cannot go back to sleep

• Still feel tired after waking up

If you suffer from insomnia for a short time (less than 3 months) it is called short-term insomnia. Insomnia that lasts 3 months or longer it is called long-term insomnia.

What can cause insomnia?

Insomnia can be caused by a variety of different factors. The most common causes are:

• Stress, anxiety or depression

• Noise

• Alcohol, caffeine or nicotine

• Recreational drugs

• Jet lag

• Shift work

• Struggling to nap during the day even if you feel tired

• Feeling tired and irritable throughout the day

• Struggling to concentrate throughout the day due to tiredness

How can we help?

Solution-focused hypnotherapy is quick and effective in restoring healthy sleeping patterns. Hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment that helps the individual overcome insomnia and other sleeping problems. It also helps alleviate the stress and anxiety surrounding insomnia, helping you get back into a positive mindset.

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