Sleepless Nights

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is one of the best known methods to help with sleepless nights or disruptive sleep 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 a 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 already heightened stress levels. We can find ourselves anxious about the next nights sleep and whether it will be a good one, and then we continue to feed those ever increasing levels of concern which in turn effects our sleep once again.

Sleep isn’t just about those ethereal levels of 8 hours of uninterrupted shut eye – the best sound sleep is also about quality.

Our sleep patterns are split into 5 levels, all of which are very necessary for health and rest. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) 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.

Too little rem

Unfortunately we are restricted to around 20% REM sleep a night. This is a very important stage of sleep as it’s when our mind actively processes sensory information; thoughts, concerns, worries, and when we sleep well we organise and file all of those worries, we run scenarios and rehearsals (dreams), and we come up with the best, most suitable solutions to help us in the coming days and weeks. But fill the mind with too much information and the brain overloads with activity, waking us up, often in a very negative state (the mind’s ‘rational brain areas’ are switched offline during REM sleep) – once awake, and with these negative thoughts spinning around, we’ve little hope of falling back to sleep peacefully any time soon.

Too much REM

REM sleep is very enervating; it consumes an enormous amount of energy. If our concerns are many and our anxieties are high then our REM sleep can be overworked which can exhaust us; this can unfortunately promote more (deep) sleep and encourage a negative REM state. We then find ourselves sleeping many hours at night and even during the day, with our bodies trying to play catch up, restoring that all important energy into our cells.

 

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