There can be many reasons why we can’t get to sleep at night; or we might get to sleep but then wake up and not be able to go back to sleep again. Clearly if we are worried, or a particular problem keeps circulating in our mind it will be difficult to drift off. Often we feel there isn’t an obvious problem and dietary issues have been looked at such as coffee at night, eating late, eating too quickly and of course alcohol.
But what if we don’t have any worries or problems that need answering? Why do we lie awake staring at the ceiling, tossing-and-turning? Well, there might be some sub-conscious reason, which is causing physical tensions. That is, tight muscles and/or membranes. This tension may or may not be painful.
However, physical tension can be cumulative, it builds up slowly with repetitive accumulations of small stresses. This then becomes the norm, our accepted holding pattern, below the level of conscious awareness.
Our body needs to be fully relaxed in order to get into that drowsy, deliciously tired precursor to deep restorative sleep. When we are holding this unnoticed tension, that is not going to happen, hence the tossing and turning.
Whether it is getting to sleep, walking in the night, constant tossing and turning or waking to early, this pattern of sleeping can have a detrimental effect on our health not only that we feel tired the next day, but our whole-body pattern needs deep sleep for repair and renewal.
Hypnotherapy and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) can be extremely helpful in addressing the reasons for insomnia and the connections to why we are not sleeping.
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My approach to insomnia is to look at all the factors that could influence the body not to rest. Hypnosis helps to quieten the mind, and with the mind quiet the body usually will follow
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