Sleepless Nights

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is one of the best known methods to help with sleepless nights or disruptive sleeping patterns. Sleep is one of the most important elements of our bodily functions. It can, however, be one of the first factors to develop into an problem when we are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression, and disturbed sleep can effect every emotion we have in a negative way.

Additionally, it can have a negative circular effect – if we don’t sleep well we can be tired the following day, adding to our stresses for that day. Anxious about the next nights sleep and whether it will be a good one, we continue to feed our stress levels which in turn effects our sleep again.

Our sleep patterns are split into two categories namely, slow wave sleep and Rapid Eye Movement (REM). The later is the most important in terms of sleep disturbance. If our sleeping patterns are interrupted, then they generally will fit into one of two areas; not enough REM sleep or too much REM sleep.

Not enough REM
Unfortunately we are restricted to around 20% REM sleep a night and if we try and overdo this then our mind will wake us up. We know when it is the mind waking us up because we wake up, wide awake, but often feel quite miserable, and we often can’t get back to sleep. This is conducive with anxiety.

Too much REM
REM sleep is very enervating; it consumes an enormous amount of energy. If our anxieties are high then our REM sleep can be overworked which exhausts us; this can unfortunately promote more sleep and encourage a negative REM state. This is conducive with depression.

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