Learn to Master Sleep Problems and Insomnia – Help is available in Hertfordshire, Hoddesdon, St Albans, and even Online
Sleep is one of your body’s most vital natural processes, and yet so many of us struggle with it, or see at as something we can cut corners with. To truly understand why a healthy sleep pattern is essential to your wellbeing, we first need to take a look at what happens when you sleep.
Why Your Body Needs Sleep
When you sleep your mind and body have a chance for growth, renewal, and repair. This is vital if you want to form new neural pathways in the brain, process the events and emotions of the day, and allow your muscle tissue to grow stronger after periods of exercise. Clearly if you struggle with your sleep, then all of these essential processes will be disrupted.
The Struggles You Might Be Facing
There are a whole range of different issues you might be facing with your sleep, but they can be grouped into several categories. You might be laying awake at night for hours on end, you could be waking in the middle of the night over and over again, or you might be waking too early and finding yourself unable to get back to sleep.
Whichever category you fall into, the stress it causes will only make the issues harder to deal with. Sleep deprivation grinds the mind and body down, and makes it far harder for you to approach things with clarity and a sense of calm. Don’t lose hope however, because there is always a solution available to you…
Understanding Your Sleep Habits
The first thing to remember is that no one decides to be a bad sleeper, and that these labels may not be the most helpful when you’re stressed out by a recurring issue. I like to think instead about how we can work together to fully understand your sleep habits. Simply by removing the negative connotations, we can focus your mind on the positive first steps that you’re making.
We’ll begin by talking through your typical sleep experience, including what you do in the run up to bed time. Whereas sleeping tablets rely on effectively knocking your brain directly into a sleepy state, my approach is to look at every aspect of your routine which will be impacting the quality and duration of your sleep. It’s all about getting to the bottom of the issue by addressing the root causes, rather than trying to paper over the cracks.
Applying Your Own Personal Sleep Rules
Once we both understand your sleep habits, we can start to rebuild from the ground up. This won’t be an overnight process, and it’s one we’re going to have to work at over a period of time. The reason for this is that your brain is very good at getting into routines and forming habits. It’s not your fault that it’s gotten into a routine that’s detrimental to your sleep quality, but it is something we can address with a structured approach.
By working through everything step by step, and then working through my ‘Sleep Rules’ handbook, we’ll be able to pinpoint parts of your routine which could be upsetting the natural balance. Whether it be using your phone in bed, caffeinated drinks too close to bedtime, or not having a dark enough room; by working through everything step by step we can start to make some significant changes.
Neuro Linguistic Programming & Hypnotherapy
In addition to the work we will do on your sleep habits, we can also work together to rewire your subconscious. There are a number of tools I can use to help achieve this, the most common of which are NLP and hypnotherapy.
The purpose of this approach is to address your brain’s subconscious so that we can begin to change the habits it has developed over the course of your struggles with sleep. It’s all about addressing the underlying issues, of which poor sleep is a symptom. These are most commonly unaddressed causes of stress and anxiety which keep part of your brain alert and highly functional irrespective of what you try to do. My job is to reprogram these parts of your brain so that you are able to switch off and relax when you need to.
What Does the Future Look Like?
Everyone will improve at different rates, and that’s only natural when you think that no two people’s brains will have adopted exactly the same habits. The important thing is to take pride in the positive steps you’re taking to conquer your sleep issues, and stay focused during the process.
Take the time to celebrate the small incremental improvements you see so that you can gain confidence in the process. This will allow you to gradually lower your stress and anxiety so that you can drift off into the deep restful sleep you’ve always wanted.