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As the intensity of daily activities continues to escalate for many people, the amount and quality of sleep these people get continues to decline. Statistics show that more people are getting lesser sleep then they need to function at optimum levels. Because of the demands of a hectic lifestyle, these people find themselves cutting into their sleeping hours in order to make time for more activities.
Allocating insufficient time for sleep can have serious consequences for your immediate and long-term well-being. As such, it is important to acknowledge the vital role sleep plays in your mental, physical and emotional health, quality of life and safety.
Why is sleep so important?
While active people might regard sleep as counterproductive or a waste of time, studies show that sleep has the opposite effects. During sleep, the mind processes information perceived during the day to enhance learning, to improve memory, and maintaining brain functions, while the body involves in healing and repair to maintain physical health.
The benefits of a good quality sleep include:
● Helping the brain to function normally
● Enhancing memory and creativity
● Sharpening learning and analytical skills
● Repairing the heart and blood vessels
● Consumption of fewer calories for weight-watchers
● Improving physical performance for athletes
● Boosting the immune system
● Helping to alleviate chronic pain
What happens when you don’t get enough sleep?
Because the body recovers from exertion during sleep, less sleep means less recovery time. Your systems will not have enough time to rest or repair tissue damage. As the length of time spent operating on insufficient sleep increases, this damage could actually accumulate. Not getting enough sleep may very well have a negative impact on your overall health.
The adverse effects of lack of sleep include:
● Weakened brain function
● Difficulty with problem solving and emotional control
● Greater risk of stroke or heart disease
● Higher risk of unhealthy weight gain
● Risk of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes
● Risk of inflammatory bowel disease
● Tendency towards depression and risky behaviour
● Tendency toward behavioural problems such as hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder
While of some of the effects listed above take time before they are apparent, others are more immediate. This could prove dangerous in situations such as driving or operating heavy equipment, when alertness and quick thinking may be compromised by a lack of sleep.
What if you couldn’t sleep, even if you wanted to?
Even after making conscious effort to develop healthier sleeping habits, many people find themselves unable to sleep well. There are several factors that contribute to people’s sleep deficiency that are resulted from illnesses, medical condition or treatment for them.
However, sleeplessness may also be developed over time as a result of a hectic or stressful lifestyle. Poor sleeping habits may already have been be formed over an extended period of irregular sleep patterns. A person who has grown accustomed to working night shifts, for instance, may have trouble readjusting to nocturnal sleeping hours.
Sleeplessness may represent a symptom of depression and can also trigger or worsen depression. Anxiety can cause sleeplessness and they can feed on each other.
A simple, determined decision to get more sleep may be a step in the right direction, but it may not be enough. It may take much time and effort before you are able to get enough restful sleep. During this time, the negative effects of insufficient sleep may begin to take their toll on your health. In this case, it is advisable to seek professional help as soon as possible.
Some cases of sleeplessness can turn into a longer-term problem. It is important to address issue before it become chronic. It is advisable to seek professional help as soon as possible.
How can hypnotherapy help?
Research shows that hypnotherapy can be effective in helping people improve their sleep. By definition, hypnosis guides people toward a deeply relaxed state. Our consulting hypnotists are able to help people achieve this state. Once achieved, people become better able to focus calmly on positive changes to their physical and emotional state.
As experts who promote wellness in people’s lives, Our consulting hypnotists are able to help people improve their sleep. Using hypnotic techniques, we can coach these people on how to fall asleep more easily, and to enjoy deeper, more restful sleep.
Does hypnotherapy really work?
Many people have testified to effectivity of hypnotherapy on sleep improvement. One such case involves a woman who had struggled with her sleep deficiency for over a year. Even after resigning from her stressful newspaper job and trying all sorts of remedies, she was still sleeping only three or four hours a night. It was hypnosis that enabled her to achieve the regenerating sleep she needed for her well-being.
Another case involves a woman suffering from anxiety. Her doctor at a leading London university had identified anxiety as the cause of the woman’s sleeplessness. The doctor then turned to hypnosis to help the patient with successful results. Through techniques that were specifically adapted to her needs, hypnosis was able to help the patient to focus and relax. The woman says she will continue to practise hypnotic techniques to help her sleep.
Does research support the effectivity of hypnosis?
More scientific conclusions may be found in the results of a Swiss study on the effects of hypnosis on healthy people. These results suggest that hypnosis
● Increases the amount of deep sleep
● Improves the quality of deep sleep
● May be a side effect-free alternative to artificial sleep inducers
● May reduce dependency on sleep medications
Even with the controlled variables used in the study, the Swiss researchers concluded that hypnosis would be able to help people with trouble sleeping. Hypnosis would even be able to benefit people who are not as open to hypnosis as others, because it would help to calm them down before sleeping.
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Hypnotherapy can work for you.
Hypnotherapy can not only help you get to sleep for one night, but for every night thereafter. Because it can train you to make positive, positive changes to your lifestyle, hypnotherapy can help make sure that getting a good night’s sleep is not left to chance.
The Consulting Hypnotists at Mindlife Hypnotherapy are ready to help you improve your sleep. We invite you to schedule a free initial consultation with us. Together, we can find out how hypnotherapy can help you enjoy all the benefits a good night’s sleep can bring.