Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which a person has trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or receiving adequate sleep. Insomnia is not defined by the number of hours of sleep a person gets or how long it takes to fall asleep, as this varies from person to person.
This difficulty in sleeping can have a tremendous impact on the sufferer’s day-to-day functioning. Symptoms of insomnia include;
- Excessive sleepiness
- Lack of concentration
- Difficulty in thinking clearly
- Depression and anxiety
Insomnia is not uncommon. It is thought that 30 to 40 per cent of people have some level of insomnia in any given year. It can strike people at any age, although it occurs more frequently in people over the age of 60.
Insomnia can be split into two broad categories;
Temporary (transient) Insomnia:
- Insomnia is described as temporary if it lasts from one night to three to four weeks. It can be triggered by jet lag, stress, change in work conditions, partner’s sleeping habits (e.g., snoring), noise, temperature, caffeine, alcohol and other substances, amongst other things.
- Transient insomnia, which returns periodically over months or years, is classified as intermittent.
Persistent (chronic) Insomnia:
- Insomnia is classified as chronic when it persists almost nightly for at least one month. Persistent insomnia can be triggered by medical conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, asthma and allergies. This can be due to the pain caused by these conditions and/or the medication prescribed for them.
- Other contributing factors to chronic insomnia include depression, anxiety, stress and hormonal changes.
Insomnia can be a chronic, disabling condition that can have a detrimental affect on your work, home and social life. The good news is that curative hypnotherapy has been helping people to treat this condition. At the City Hypnotherapy Centre we specialize in enabling people to find a permanent solution so they can live a life completely free from their insomnia.
How can you control insomnia?
The simple answer is, not very well. Insomnia is involuntary. It’s something you have no control over. If I asked you not to think of a pink giraffe, it’s probably the first thing that pops into your mind. If you try to get an irritating song out of your head, you will struggle. If you’ve forgotten someone’s name, the more you try to think about it the harder it’ll be to remember it. In fact, it’s only when you stop thinking about it and you’re doing something else that it will pop into your mind out of nowhere.
Sleeping should be natural, easy and effortless. And yet for you, it isn’t. Why? The more you try to think about sleeping, the more you try to force it, the worse the problem seems to get because for some reason your subconscious doesn’t want you to sleep.
To overcome this, some people will try distraction techniques (e.g., counting sheep). Some attempt to avoid certain “triggers” to prevent the insomnia occurring (e.g., no caffeine or alcohol). Others may use direct hypnosis suggestion to override the response. But unfortunately, none of these methods resolve what caused it in the first place, and so eventually the insomnia will just keep coming back, and the anticipation that you won’t be able to sleep will never go away.
Why, Why, Why?
The most effective way to treat insomnia completely and permanently, is to resolve what’s causing it; if there is no longer any cause, there can be no effect.
So why do you suffer from insomnia? You have probably puzzled over this many times before. Looked for reasons, triggers behind it. Perhaps you know why; your mum, brother, or other family member has it too. Or maybe you’ve suffered depression or gone through a stressful situation. But knowing this doesn’t make the problem go away. Or maybe you can’t think of any reasons to explain it. But that doesn’t mean there is no cause, because for something to exist it has to have been created. It has to come from somewhere.
Beneath all the triggers and confirmation there is a single, root cause stored away in the subconscious mind. It’s something you can’t think of. Something small, easily forgotten, easily overlooked. It’s like that bit of grit in your eye. Once you find it, it can be hard to believe that something so small could have caused so much trouble.
It can take years for our problems, conditions and symptoms to get a good hold over us. Something that starts out as a minor irritation gets worse and worse until it causes us so much suffering that we eventually seek help to put it right.
How can hypnotherapy resolve insomnia?
Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapy is distinguished from all other forms of hypnotherapy primarily by its use of logic. The therapist approaches each person without theories or preconceptions – except for one – that the answer to your insomnia lies only within your subconscious mind. With Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapy there is no need to suppress or manage your symptoms. By helping to resolve and correct the true cause, your insomnia – along with any expectation that you won’t be able to sleep – can automatically fade away, until eventually your problem is nothing but a vague and distant memory.
With Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapy you will not be required to relive any traumatic or upsetting situation. All you will feel is beautifully relaxed.
Lesserian™ Curative Hypnotherapy Trademark
Over the years many practitioners have incorporated the word “Curative” when describing their treatment, despite providing more basic methods of hypnotherapy. Due to concern over the confusion that was being caused by this, the trademark “Lesserian™ Curative Hypnotherapy ” was registered to mark the difference. The name “Lesserian™” Curative Hypnotherapy is therefore protected by law and denotes the method of treatment that requires the understanding of how people create their problems, which is the necessary first step on the path to correcting the cause of, and resolving, a symptom / condition. Only hypnotherapists licensed as Lesserian™ are qualified to use this technique.
Susannah Saunders is the longest practising Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapist in London. She is a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register.
If you would like to explore further about how curative hypnotherapy can help with insomnia or other sleep disorders, then please contact us to book an initial consultation. For information on fees and appointments, please click here.
At the City Hypnotherapy Centre, Susannah provides a safe and relaxing environment in which to explore your issues openly without judgment, and free from reliving unwanted emotions. Everything is treated in the strictest of confidence.