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How Hypnotherapy Can Improve Your Sleep

Everyone knows that heavy, foggy feeling after a poor night’s sleep. The day’s tasks seem like an uphill slog and your mind dwells on pessimistic thoughts. Your concentration is ragged and you are easily irritated. When these feelings become frequent and persistent, you could consider addressing them through hypnotherapy.

Studies indicate that between 10-50% of all adults experience insomnia. This has been exacerbated by the extra stresses brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. If you are regularly struggling to drop off or stay asleep, it is likely you have already tried the commonly shared tips about sleep hygiene.

Poor sleepers are advised to keep their bedroom free from electronic devices and eliminate noise pollution from ticking clocks and pinging phones. Blackout curtains to banish street lighting can help, as can comfortable bedding which leaves you neither too warm or too cold.

You may also have tried adjusting your caffeine and alcohol intake, exercising more, and practising a wind-down routine before bed. As a last resort, maybe you have even used sleeping tablets, which should only ever be a short-term solution, and isn’t advised by doctors.

If all of this still isn’t helping and you are at your wits’ end, then a session with a hypnotherapy expert may be the answer. It is a recognised branch of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which is completely safe when carried out by a qualified professional.

Cognitive hypnotherapy is nothing to do with mind control which you may have seen in stage shows. Rather, it is about being able to access a phycological state in which you become more responsive to positive suggestions. You must want to accept the suggestions at a deep phycological level, so there is no risk of doing anything against your will.

A good therapist will be able to guide you into a state where you are relaxed and focused, but not unconscious. You may feel heavy and sleepy, but also calm and aware of what is happening. In this state, you can access any raw or unresolved emotions which are troubling your subconscious.

By delving into unsettling feelings, you can bring them to light and release them. Patients often feel lighter and more energised, as if the brakes have been released. It needn’t be a drawn-out process, and most people will need around 4-6 sessions to fully benefit.

While you may have learned to live with poor concentration and low moods, untreated insomnia can also put you at risk of serious health conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes. It can also shorten your life expectancy and put you at greater risk of accident and injury.

Hypnotherapy is designed to break the cognitive thought patterns which are preventing you from sleeping. This is why it often succeeds in curing insomnia which seems to have no other obvious cause. It can also be used to treat a range of other issues, such as phobias, anxiety, habits, and addictions.

If you are looking for a hypnotherapist in Harley Street, London, get in touch today.

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