HYPNOSIS FOR INSOMNIA SHOW NOTES
In this episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast I am going discuss the nightmare of insomnia and how hypnosis can help you start and continue to sleep soundly each and every night!
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Today I am going to be talking about the nightmare of insomnia!
COMMON SLEEP DISORDERS:
*Restless Leg Syndrome
It is important to rule out the first three prior to addressing your issue as insomnia
WHAT IS INSOMNIA?
Insomnia is characterized by an inability to initiate or maintain sleep. It may also take the form of early morning awakening in which the individual awakens several hours early and is unable to resume sleeping. Difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep may often manifest itself as excessive daytime sleepiness, which characteristically results in functional impairment throughout the day.
*Approximately one in four Americans develop insomnia each year
*About 30% of American adults have symptoms of insomnia
* Up to 10% of American adults are likely to have chronic insomnia
* Lost productivity related to insomnia costs the US economy about $63 billion a year
* 83% of those who suffer from depression also experience symptoms of insomnia
Insomnia can have devastating effects on your physical, emotional and mental well being.
Arianna Huffington. “The Sleep Revolution”
We have discussed in past shows how our minds have developed habits
Sleep patterns are also learned behaviors. They are habits that have become embedded in our subconscious mind.
Retraining your mind to “shut off” when you go to bed
The old trick of counting sheep? Why does it work and where did it come from?
In Medieval Britain, shepherds who wanted to use communal grazing land were required to keep a close head count of their flocks, using a special counting system (it went by the catchy name of “yan, tan, tethera,” and shepherds kept using it until the turn of the 20th century!) before they hit the hay each night.
- Keep a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed and get up and the same time every day (even on weekends)
- Bedroom is for sleep! Make your bedroom a place that you use ONLY to sleep (or other intimate activities). Clear your bedroom of any electronic devices (TV, phones, computers, laptops). Train yourself to recognize that the bedroom is for sleep.
- Avoid stimulants (such as caffeine) after 12:00noon. Also avoid alcohol. While alcohol can give you a temporary state of relaxation, it will interfere with normal sleep patterns and actually disrupt sleep throughout the night.
- An hour prior to bedtime, begin relaxing your mind. Avoid activities that excite your mind and focus on just being calm, quiet and still. You may read a book, listen to relaxing music or just sit quietly.
- When you go to bed, begin deep breathing exercises. The following technique is a common one that has shown much success by those who implement it. Take in a slow deep breath through your nose while counting to 8. Hold that breath for at least 5 seconds. Slowly exhale through your mouth while counting to 10. Continue to repeat while just focusing on the sound of your breathing.
HYPNOSIS FOR INSOMNIA LINK
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David R. Wright MA, LPC, CHT
The Motor City Hypnotist