If we are feeling stressed, lack of sleep will only lead to us feeling more easily stressed, becoming less emotionally resilient and that in turn will exacerbate the sleep problem.
Tossing and turning in bed unable to fall asleep is my personal idea of hell. I used to do that, but not anymore! Years of poor sleep brought me to the point at which I knew I had to do something about it. So, what did I do, you may ask? Well, I simply gave up being worried about it and remarkably my sleep has improved.
That doesn’t mean that I did nothing about the problem though. I did experiment over time with different options, got to know myself and my body’s rhythms better and chose to work with the problem rather than against it. I’m not saying that what works for me will work for anyone else, but it just might help and if you’re suffering from insomnia then you’ll probably try anything.
Any medical student will be aware that good quality sleep is one of the pillars of health. Sadly, regular good quality sleep evades many people. In fact, as many as one in three people in the UK suffer from poor sleep, so this is a common problem. Lack of sleep is often associated with poor mental health, impaired mental functioning and memory consolidation as well as having adverse effects upon various physiological processes, so it is essential to try to get enough sleep.
There are many factors that can have an adverse effect on our sleep. Stress, worries, anxiety and overthinking are the common problems that clients experience when they discuss their sleep difficulties. Unfortunately, it is only too easy to become stuck in a vicious cycle whereby these factors feed into the sleep problem and the sleep problem feeds back negatively, making matters worse.
If we are feeling stressed, lack of sleep will only lead to us feeling more easily stressed, becoming less emotionally resilient and that in turn will exacerbate the sleep problem. To get out of this vicious cycle we need to reduce the activity of what is known as the sympathetic nervous system which prepares the body for dealing with a threat, real or perceived, and activate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system to enable rest and digestion to occur.
Help with sleepless nights
The following are some Dos and Don’ts that may be helpful as well as some of my personal solutions.
For a good night's sleep:
To induce a good sleep, do not:
What I find helpful
Finally, be aware that many people experience sleep problems at some point in their lives. Medical problems and some medicines can affect a person’s sleep as well as a range of emotional factors.
It can be helpful to experiment with different solutions to sleep problems to find what works for you. Hypnotherapy and mindfulness are well established complementary therapies that help people with sleep problems. Both therapies may enable a person to reach a state of inner calm and reduce the symptoms of stress, worry and anxiety. As a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness teacher, I teach my clients how to use a range of techniques for improved sleep and well-being.
None of the information in this article replaces medical advice. If you have a persistent sleep problem or are suffering from severe insomnia, then seek medical advice from your G.P.
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This article was first published in The Hypnotherapy Directory on 18 March 2021: