It is no surprise that sleep is important for our physical health and our emotional wellbeing – but for many us our relationship with sleep can be pretty messed up.
If you have been experiencing the nightmare of chronic sleep problems or even just have the odd night tossing and turning you know too well how tiredness and frustration leaves you feeling less than yourself – Hypnotherapy can help get you sleeping like a baby.
Why sleep is so important
Regular and good quality sleep can keep you sharper, brighter, slimmer and healthier. It can improve your skin and hair, your energy levels, motivation and creativity. It can help reduce stress and increase confidence and self-discipline.
It can even improve your sex life.
It is clear the benefits of sleep are extensive and can make such a difference to your quality of life as well as the length of your life. Therefore, it is vital to place a priority on getting ample and consistent good quality shuteye.
What ruins a restful nights sleep
Sleep doesn’t always come easily, for many of us when we turn off the light the sandman is the last to visit. There may be many reasons for this; we find when we prepare to sleep our mind is suddenly more active than it’s been all day! Thoughts, memories and concerns bombard us seemingly from nowhere.
For some, life events and difficulties can consume us with worry. Relationships, health, issues with work and money, these all can creep into our nighttime relaxation and keep sleep far away.
How hypnotherapy can help you ZZZZZzzzzzz
Several studies suggest that hypnosis may not only decrease the time it takes to fall asleep but also to increase the duration and quality of sleep. Hypnotherapy is also very effective at dealing with the root cause of your restless night, which in many cases can be caused by stress, anxiety and excess worry.
If anxiety is keeping you up, try drifting off with this hypnotic sleep aid for an anxiety free night.
If you are tucked up in bed right now and ready to sleep then why not let me help you drift into peaceful rest.
Anxiety free sleep
For some our busy lives just take-over, we work hard and want to make the most of our evening, staying up to the early hours, eating too late, drinking to unwind, answering emails late into the night. If bad nighttime habits are keeping you up and making you tired and drained during the day, its time for a rethink. Affirmations for sleep can help by reintroducing the body and mind to its natural cycles for ease of sleep.
Affirmations for a good night’s sleep
Hypnotherapy works well with some natural healthy lifestyle changes. Consider some quick Dos and Don’ts to better prepare your body and mind for a restful night and keep anxiety and stress at bay.
- Do get a good mattress and pillows – A well supported comfortable body is the foundation for a good nights rest.
- Do exercise – It’s clear we sleep best when we are physically tired so regular exercise is helpful but never too close to bedtime, in the hours before sleep practice light exercise only such as yoga and stretches.
- Do write it down – Keep a worry journal, write down your worries, anxious thoughts and feelings. Make a pact with yourself that you will leave them there for tonight.
- Do keep a routine – Establish you own sleep time routine, for example before bedtime regularly take a hot bath, read a book, listen to soothing music.
- Do hide the clock – Clock watching is a sure fire way to feel anxious, set an alarm but cover the face.
- Do use a torch – If you need to use the bathroom use a torch or your mobile phone to light your way rather than turning on overhead lights.
- Do consider changing medication – Sleep difficulties can be a side effect, speak to your doctor about alternative medication.
Bedtime Don’ts (For at least two hours before bed)
- Don’t smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks – You may believe that it relaxes you but these are all false friends and will only result in a restless, anxious night and poor quality sleep.
- Don’t answer work emails – No wonder the body is on constant alert, bedtime is for sleep, leave electronic devices out of the bedroom.
- Don’t read or play on electronic devices – The background blue light stimulates the brain like sunlight.
- Don’t Fight – Bedtime is not the time for conflict, arguments or bubbling resentments. If you have a habit of fighting with family or a partner at night time, learn other more effective ways to resolve differences without ruining sleep.
- Think twice before resorting to sleep medication – Sleeping tablets will not always work or the effectiveness may decrease over time as well as being difficult to stop taking. For some, they can be useful in the short-term but life-style changes are the better long-term option. Educate yourself and discuss alternatives with your doctor.
Tips to make it work:
Start Small – Small changes can have a large impact over time.
Be consistent – Whatever you try, try the same thing each night.
Be Patient – Life-style changes can take time to improve sleep and reduce anxiety, as new habits need to be installed and old habits and beliefs let go of. This can take time, sometimes things can seem to get worse before they get better but keep going, positive change will have positive results.
Written by Bethany Pike.