Insomnia … a word we associate with lack of sleep. The inability to get off to sleep, the wakefulness we experience at night when everyone else is sleeping, that concern when we go to sleep that we won’t “get enough sleep” because of an important day ahead.Â Sleep deprivation can lead to excessive stress, worry and even weight gain.
Missing out regularly on the recommended 7 to 9 hours sleep may make you feel more than simply groggy and grumpy. Your mental abilities may feel at a low ebb and can put your overall health at risk. Poor sleep has also been linked to a weakened immune system.
Sleep deprivation is caused by consistent lack of sleep or reduced quality of sleep.Your body needs sleep, just as it needs air and food to function at its best. During sleep, your body heals itself and restores its chemical balance.Your brain forges new connections and helps memory retention. Without sufficient sleep, your brain and body systems wonât function normally and can also dramatically lower your quality of life.
So what can help with insomnia and sleep issues?
Hypnotherapy can help – together we would take a snapshot as to how your sleeping *does or doesn’t work* and devise an intervention plan to manage any current psychological issues that are affecting you, ways to manage sleep hygiene, what foods you are ingesting on a daily basis and stress management. We might look at any current medication, lifestyle and ways in which your bio-psycho-social mindset might be impacting sleep and ways to reduce their impact if that is affecting an ability to relax.Â Residual trauma from past issues may also impact as we might hark back to scenarios that keep coming up, potentially leading to anxiety for any future events that might instil fear regarding “re-patterning” from the past.
A visit to the doctor is highly recommended in case of underlying medical issues.
Supplements such as magnesium (we are often lacking in magnesium), l-theanine may help. Logging a food diary to see how your macros deliver the correct balance of vitamins and minerals is also helpful; supplements can be purchased at Amazon (Magnesium glycinate has the edge for sleep / stress click to select). L-Theanine (click to select).
These vitamins / minerals / essential amino acids are, among others, supplements that help us relax and deliver better quality sleep.Â Also check omega 3 intake – are you eating enough oily fish?Â Many people lack in omega 3, especially if you might be eating more inflammatory omega 6 foods (junk foods, soy, almonds etc.).Â Check this link for more information on the omega foods.
Sometimes medical intervention is needed, so do check with your doctor.Â Some antihistamines can be helpful in the short term, some of which you can get over the counter. Promathezine (obtained over the counter and available in medications such as Phenergan, or available on prescription; also Doxylamine Succinate (available online from Superdrug and contained in medications such as “Unisom” – check out this link to find out more.
Others recommend CBD oil to help with sleep. Check out hbnaturals which is a well known top quality supplier of CBD oils. (CBD oil is fast becoming a popular supplement to help treat anxiety, pain, and also helps with alertness – sounds a bit contradictory but this is based on anecdotal evidence to date – if you have concerns, please check with your GP).
If you would like a session to help beat insomnia, contact me today!