What is Insomnia
Generally, all Insomnia is nearly always underpinned by anxiety and this anxiety interrupts the normal sleep pattern.
In menopause and Peri menopause as previously mentioned our hormone levels are also playing a huge role in their disruption. This anxiety is what people with insomnia tend to ruminate (over thinking/inability to switch off) about whilst attempting to sleep.
In general insomnia is caused by an underlying anxiety which can be about relationships, financial worries, self-esteem issues and many other anxieties as we are all unique and different, so will be your thoughts, worries and anxieties.
Mind (2022) agrees there is a close relationship between sleep and mental health. Not getting enough or good quality sleep can severely impact our mental health and well-being and in turn impact every area of our life.
Are these thoughts or similar stopping you getting a good quality sleep?
• find it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep or wake up earlier than you'd like to
• Hormonal imbalances particularly for women in Peri menopause and menopause
• have problems that disturb your sleep, such as panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares
• find it hard to wake up or get out of bed
• often feel tired or sleepy -this could be not getting good quality sleep or because of health problems
• sleep a lot – which could include sleeping at times when you want, or need, to be awake
• be more likely to feel anxious, depressed
• stressing or worrying constantly – for example, issues with money, housing or work
• health conditions relating to sleep
• Anxiety can cause racing or repetitive thoughts, and worries that keep you awake
• If you've gone through trauma, this can cause flashbacks, nightmares or night terrors
Different types of Insomnia
Do you tend to lie awake for more than an hour before you get to sleep? Can you stay asleep until morning once you do finally fall asleep? If so, you have what is often called initial insomnia. This is one of the most common types of insomnia
Do you manage to fall asleep fairly quickly but then wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back to sleep?
Do you wake up too early in the morning, before you have had your full amount of sleep? In that case, you have what’s called terminal insomnia late insomnia.
>Do you just have insomnia occasionally?
>Does it last a few days and then go away?
>Ongoing Insomnia over a few weeks?
>Maybe even months?
>Can it sometimes improve, maybe to return a few weeks later?
>Do you have sleepless nights more than once a week
This is the most common of all types of insomnia, as just about everyone has it. It is usually nothing to worry about, unless your insomnia is directly related to a certain event or activity.
How can Hypnotherapy & Emotional Freedom Technique help?
Sleep is normally disrupted by inappropriate thought processes.
Once these are resolved, removed or re-edited, it is fairly straight forward to re-establish a natural pattern of sleep. Sleep is natural, insomnia is un-natural, by using hypnotherapy it is very easy to return someone to a natural behaviour.
I will work with you to establish your triggers to these unwanted thought patterns, behaviours and memories so you can return to a bliss night’s sleep.
It maybe a traumatic event is playing over and over in your mind or you are worrying about things and are possibly struggling with generalised anxiety.
Peri Menopause and Menopause:
Please note if you are in Peri menopause or Menopause getting your stress levels down and balancing your hormones will be keep to getting this back to an equilibrium. You may need to speak to a specialist around getting your hormonal levels check (see the shop for futher details)
As a Hypnotherapist, E.F.T practitioner and Menopause well-being coach I can help you to get things back into balance quickly.
In menopause and indeed any other health condition if we are constantly feeling stressed and over thinking our Cortisol levels can be very high which is something that can severely impact a good quality sleep. Having that wired feeling and just not being able to drift off.
By using hypnotherapy for Insomnia, we can work out what is going on behind the scenes and resolve the issues at a subconscious level, leading you back to a natural sleep pattern.
Approx. a third of the population has reported some form of insomnia.
At least 40% of women have reported severe and debilitating sleep patterns during Peri Menopause and Menopause.