Do you feel like it takes a long time to get to sleep or perhaps you find yourself waking up early in the morning and can’t get back to sleep?

The NHS Choices website states that this is a common problem and Insomnia is thought to regularly affect around one in every three people in the UK.

The difficultly experienced in either getting to sleep in the first place or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed in the morning, can create a fear; fear of lying awake, fear that your health with suffer or fear that you’ll be unfit for work during the next day.

Frustratingly, the desperate desire for sleep can drive sleep away. Trying hard to fix the problem can create an anxiety about sleep which becomes self-fulfilling.

Hypnosis for insomnia is effective in many ways and offers a readily available way to break the exhausting nightly cycle. During hypnosis, we will work fundamentally on helping the conscious mind to move out of the way in favour of natural, unconscious sleep processes.

Accepting that we cannot force sleep, we instead encourage sleep onset by mimicking the initial phases of sleep with visualisation techniques. With quick flashes of a variety of images, so begins the natural falling asleep process, as our brains ‘switch on’ during the early stages of sleep.

Learning to look at the problem through an entirely different lens can also be remarkably effective. If you are using an ‘awful lot of energy staying awake at night’, then this energy can instead be saved and directed into significantly more productive areas during the day. What will you do instead with all that spare energy? During hypnosis, your unconscious mind becomes dominant and very receptive to behavioural change that is in your best interests.

You don’t need eight hours, that’s a myth about sleep, as the average sleep in the UK has been about seven hours for the last 50 years, but feeling as though you are a ‘good sleeper’ is essential to our health and wellbeing.