Between 10% and 30% of adults have insomnia at any given point in time and up to half of people have insomnia in a given year. People over the age of 65 are affected more often than younger people. Females are more often affected than males.
Primary Insomnia – sleep problems not directly associated with any other health condition
Secondary insomnia -sleep problems because of something else, such as a health condition
There are also differentiations such as:
Acute vs chronic insomnia
Acute Short term- from one night to a few weeks
Chronic – at least 3 times a week for a month or longer
Transient insomnia – lasts for less than a week.
The sleep disturbance causes significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, educational, academic, behavioral or other important areas of functioning. Whatever your experience, hypnosis can help you deal with your insomnia. The quiet and inactivity of night often brings on stressful thoughts or even fears that keep a person awake. Anxiety and insomnia can feed each other and become a cycle that should be interrupted. Cognitive and mind-body techniques such as hypnosis help people settle into sleep.
Causes of Insomnia
Emotional or physical discomfort
Environmental factors – noise, light, temperature
Interference in normal sleep schedule – jet lag, work shift changes
Depression and/or anxiety
Pain or discomfort at night
Anxiety symptoms can lead to insomnia
Getting caught up in thoughts about past events
Excessive worrying about future events
Feeling overwhelmed by responsibilities
A general feeling of being revved up or overstimulated
Symptoms of Insomnia
Sleepiness during the day
Problems with concentration or memory
Treatment for Insomnia
Behavioral approaches help you to change behaviors that may worsen insomnia and to learn new behaviors to promote sleep. Your “Awake Hypnosis” session will help you incorporate these behavioral changes into your daily routines.
Hypnosis can be as beneficial as medications and the effects last long beyond the stopping of therapy.
Non-medication based strategies provide long lasting improvement to insomnia. Hypnosis can be a first line and long term strategy of management.
Hypnosis can assist a person to develop new sleep behaviors to improve sleep quality and consolidation.
Hypnosis includes learning healthy sleep habits to promote sleep and relaxation to help with worry reduction and regulate the circadian clock.
Some of the sleep misconceptions and expectations that can be modified through Hypnosis include:
- Unrealistic sleep expectations (“I need to have 8 hours of sleep each night”)
- Misconceptions about insomnia causes e.g. chemical imbalance
- Amplifying the consequences of insomnia
- Performance anxiety after trying for so long to have a good night’s sleep by controlling the sleep process.