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Posted on 5th April 2017 by John Shallcroft

Hypnosis for Insomnia: Creating Positive Changes

Hypnosis for insomnia. Creating positive changes with the coach approach

Do you struggle to get to sleep, tossing and turning for hours before you finally manage to drop off? Or do you find that, when you do get to sleep, you wake up frequently and then struggle to get back off? Both of these can significantly impact both the amount and the quality of sleep we get in a way that can have a serious negative impact on our lives.

The amount and the quality of sleep we get makes a huge difference to our ability to function effectively. Sleep affects our mood and our overall feelings of happiness and satisfaction with our lives. Unfortunately, poor sleep is a growing problem and has a serious impact on many people’s professional success and quality of life. So, what can we do about it?

Hypnosis can play a role in helping patients to deal with insomnia and achieve real, measurable positive change in their lives. In this article, we look at the causes of poor sleep and using hypnosis for insomnia.

What Causes Insomnia?

There are various potential causes of insomnia and it is entirely possible for several of them to be in play at once, potentially causing a “perfect storm” of poor sleep.

Some of the most common reasons for poor sleep include:

Stress and anxiety

Any number of issues can cause us to become stressed or anxious, from major events such as a bereavement or serious financial problems, to more mundane every day issues, like problems with our jobs.

It is normal to find yourself running over the events of the day and what you will have to deal with tomorrow as you lie down to go to sleep, but if you have particular issues that are causing you extra concern, this can make it harder to drop off.

Lifestyle issues

Drinking alcohol or caffeine shortly before bed can disrupt sleep, as can other stimulants such as nicotine. Eating high energy food late at night may also make it harder to sleep for some.

It’s also worth looking at your general lifestyle. If you work shifts or often stay out late, your body may struggle to find a routine. The amount of exercise you get can also impact your ability to sleep, with those who exercise regularly generally getting more and better quality sleep.

General health

Both your overall physical and mental health can hugely affect your sleep. Mood disorders such as depression and physical ailments such as respiratory problems (including those brought on by obesity) can contribute to poor sleep.

Certain medications such as antidepressants, beta blockers and steroids can also negatively affect your sleep.

Sleep hygiene

Many of us now have bad sleep routines and sleep environments, something which is sometimes referred to as poor sleep hygiene. This can involve things like napping during the day and working on computers late at night. This can disrupt your body’s natural sleep rhythms, making it harder for you to get into a good sleep pattern.

Using hypnosis for insomnia treatment

Hypnosis has a proven track record with the treatment of insomnia. It can help provide short-term relief from sleep issues, as well as helping to address the underlying issues which cause poor sleep, providing a solution for chronic sufferers. There are two main ways practitioners generally use hypnosis for insomnia.

Directly improving sleep

Research has shown that patients who receive hypnosis for insomnia can see a measurable increase in the amount of deep sleep they achieve during a sleep cycle. Deep sleep is responsible for much of the restorative effects of sleeping, so getting more deep sleep means you will feel more refreshed when you wake up.

Most people get less deep sleep the older they get, with most adults experiencing a significant drop off after they reach their 50s and 60s. Hypnosis can therefore be particularly helpful for older patients who feel their sleep is not leaving them refreshed in the morning. However, it can also be helpful for patients suffering from unrefreshing sleep at any point in their lives.

Tackling the causes of insomnia

Hypnosis can also be highly effective as a tool for identifying the causes of your insomnia and helping you to find the motivation to deal with those causes. Expert clinical hypnotherapy can guide you towards effectively diagnosing the underlying reasons for your sleep issues, even when you are not necessarily consciously aware of them. This can then lead you towards identifying and sticking to strategies for dealing with those issues, providing a longer term solution to your sleep issues.

Well administered hypnotherapy can therefore quickly reduce the effects of poor sleep and make it less likely to be a problem for you going forwards.

What impact can hypnosis have for insomnia sufferers?

Getting on top of your issues with sleep can help you have more energy, improve your mood, lead to you feeling less stressed and enable you to achieve more. Because insomnia often leads to a vicious cycle, where we are less able to tackle the problems in our lives, dealing with the insomnia can help us to deal with our problems better, making future incidents of insomnia less of an issue.

This means that by using hypnosis to lessen your issues with insomnia, you can improve your life overall while also dealing with your problems with sleeping.

Get effective hypnosis for insomnia to create real positive change in your life

The Coach Approach uses the latest in clinical hypnotherapy and personal development coaching to help professionals boost their productivity and achieve more with their lives. We use a structured approach which is tailored to your individual needs to help you overcome the issues which are holding you back professionally and personally.

We have a great deal of experience using hypnosis for insomnia sufferers and can work with you to provide immediate relief from the symptoms, while also helping you to identify the underlying causes of your insomnia so you can tackle them and reduce the likelihood of future issues.

The Coach Approach is run by John Shallcroft who is a fully qualified, accredited and insured coach and clinical hypnotherapist. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and an Accredited Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). He is also registered with the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH), the National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

To find out more about how the Coach Approach can transform your professional life, call today on 01326 352535 or email


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