Insomnia can be a frustrating and distressing condition that blocks an individual's peace of mind and quality of life. Hypnotherapy is a good intervention for sorting out the conscious and unconscious causes of intermittent or turbulent sleep that have a psychological or emotional root.
"Insomnia" is a catch-all term that may refer to a number of sleep-related disorders:
- Transient Insomnia - short-lived sleep problems usually due to Jet-lag, Stress or Bereavment.
- Secondary Insomnia - associated with Depression, Anxiety or Substance Misuse.
- Primary Insomnia - the result of a disrupted Circadian Rhythm.
- Hypersmonia - constant fatigue making it difficult to wake up and stay awake.
- Narcolepsy - spontaneous falling asleep in inappropriate environments, such as whilst driving or using a hair dryer, which puts sufferers in danger.
- Breathing-related Sleep Disorder - Sleep Apnea, reported by up to 10% of the UK population.
- Night Terror Disorder - impacting 1% of the population, sufferers may awaken with a scream or jump out of bed shrieking in fear.
Behind the condition that we experience as insomnia lurks anxiety and stress. Therefore, part of the therapy is looking at the negative automatic thoughts that causes sleep to be interrupted or unsatisfactory. The aim of the therapy is to restore things, so that sleep becomes deep, restful, uninterrupted and profound.
The three key treatment goals for Hypnotherapy for Insomnia are:
- Ensuring the best environement for sleep is created (yes, you'd be surprised how many individuals report to me that they are attempting to sleep in a room without adequate window dressing when darkness is an essential trigger for the prodution of melatonin which regulates our sleeping pattern).
- Understanding and being aware of the principles of the Circadian Rhythm.
- Reduction of generalised stress and anxiety and targeting any associated meta-cognitions about being a 'bad sleeper'.
Fee: £75 for first appointment; all subsequent appointments £65
Location: Southwark (Waterloo) and Covent Garden