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TB Talks: Your September Newsletter
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Insomnia

 

Estimates vary but it is thought that between a third and a half of British adults suffer bouts of insomnia. As the most common causes of insomnia are Anxiety and Stress, insomnia is a symptom that many of my clients are very familiar with.

The September edition of TBTalks looks at insomnia and how lack of sleep affects not only our ability to function but our health as well. Scroll down to find useful tips to help you manage insomnia and encourage restful sleep. 

The good news is that we can recover really quickly from lost sleep. Once your insomnia has gone, you'll feel refreshed with just a few good nights sleep. 

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If you would like to find out whether Cognitive Hypnotherapy could help you, feel free to get in touch.
 
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Why is Sleep so Important?

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Tips to Manage Insomnia

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Tired and Emotional?
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Why Is Sleep So Important?

First, a bit of science...

For a long time the real physiological purpose of sleep has remained a mystery. We know that lack of sleep causes all kinds of psychological problems like poor learning, decision-making and so on.

We also know that animals that are chronically deprived of sleep will eventually die: flies or rodents in days to weeks, humans within months or years.

Everyone who has ever enjoyed a blissfully good night’s sleep knows just how restorative it can be, but the actual physiological process wasn’t clear.

It seems that flushing out neuro-toxins may be the key to sleep’s wondrous powers... 

Click to find out more in this PsyBlog article: Hidden Caves in the Brain
 
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Tips to Manage Insomnia

 

Insomnia is difficult to deal with not least because when you’re tired, emotional thinking takes over. This is often where our minds spin out of control with thoughts, songs and even daydreams keeping us awake.
 
Here are some tips to help you increase your chance of a good sleep;
 
1. Cut down on the coffee
We all know that caffeine is a stimulant but did you know it has a half–life of over 5 hours? This means that 10 hours after your last cup, a quarter of that coffee is still in your system. This is why afternoon caffeine keeps you awake at night. Reduce your caffeine intake during the day and avoid it completely after lunchtime. (Remember that tea, colas and even hot chocolate contain caffeine too).
 
2. Have a good bedtime routine
Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Our brains love habits and a relaxing bedtime routine tells it when to wind down for the night. At the same time each night, have a bath, a warm drink (not coffee!), maybe read a good book; take your time and don’t rush.
 
3. Switch off that computer/TV/phone/tablet
The blue light from electronic screens confuses your brain. It’s been known for over 10 years that the blue background light stimulates the brain in the same way that daylight does. So switch off those laptops, mobiles and tablets when you begin your bedtime routine.
 
4. Stop trying to sleep
‘Trying’ to sleep does two things. Firstly it means you’re concentrating on something so your mind doesn’t switch off and secondly it can focus you on the fact that you’re still awake. Instead, simply allow yourself to rest. Sleep will happen when you’re not looking!
 
5. Fall asleep listening to me!
Download the free Hypno-Slumber mp3 which I’ve written and recorded especially for subscribers to September’s TBTalks. Listen to it every night at bedtime for a month. Notice the things that let you know you’re already becoming more relaxed.
 
If these don’t help, it may be that underlying anxiety, depression or stress is behind your insomnia. If you'd like to talk through whether Cognitive Hypnotherapy could be for you, do get in touch. Contact me here.
 
Sooner than you might think, you might be having that peaceful night’s sleep once more.
 
N.B. Insomnia sometimes has a medical cause. If you suspect this might be the case, seek medical advice.
 
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Tired and Emotional?


Not only is it surprising how often my clients who are anxious suffer with insomnia, almost all who suffer with insomnia are also anxious. Why is this?

The answer may lie in that old phrase, "tired and emotional". Recent research has shown that when we lose sleep, our brains lose their ability to distinguish friendly faces from threatening ones.

In essence when you're tired, your brain thinks you're living in a more threatening world. So it puts you on high alert and you become even more anxious and susceptible to negative stress. 

Please feel free to get in touch with me to discuss whether Cognitive Hypnotherapy could help you find a way to more restful sleep.

Visit my website to find out more: Click here

Peace and a quiet mind really can be just around the corner.

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