Why is it that so many of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep? Scientists will tell you that the artificial light of our modern world the so-called ‘blue light’ can cause sleep disturbance. With the advent of social media and the need to feel constantly in contact with the world looking at a phone or a tablet is the last thing that many people do at night before going to sleep. Others blame diet or lack of exercise but what we see most often is that stress, anxiety and depression are all characterised by disturbed sleep patterns.
“To sleep; perchance to dream” (Hamlet 4 I, 65-68)
We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
The Tempest (4.1.168-170)
Shakespeare often makes reference to sleep and dreaming in his work. This quote is spoken by the magician Prospero. He has just made a large group of spirits vanish and is reminding his daughter and her fiancé that life can befragile. There are many interpretations of the quote but in modern times it could be taken to mean our life is ‘rounded’ off or completed by sleep thus emphasising the importance of sleep in keeping us whole.
Sleep can help us to enjoy life to the full. It is during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep that we dream and literally or metaphorically re-run the day’s events. Getting enough REM sleep can help us to empty our minds of the stress that has accumulated during the day so that we start each day afresh.
For many people living without quality sleep has become the norm; an accepted state of being that is recognised but also seems inevitable. Just as we accept that life is stressful, busy and plagued with constant anxieties. However, many people don’t recognise that sleep deprivation comes with risks as our alertness is affected by poor sleep. This becomes particularly apparent when we get behind the wheel. The road safety charity Brake claims that one in six road traffic accidents ending in a fatality or serious injury are as a result of fatigue.
“Sleep issues are not all about being unable to sleep“
Some people experience hypersomnia. High levels of anxiety or depression can lead to a need for excessive sleep that is lacking in enervating quality so that the hypersomniac awakens feeling even more exhausted.
Often clients state that like Prospero, they would like to wave a magic wand and have their wish of a good night’s sleep granted. They recognise the rejuvenating and reenergising effects of sleep that would help them to cope so much better with life, claiming that ‘if only I could get a good night’s sleep I would feel like a new woman/man.’
Solution focused hypnotherapy can help you to re-organise your sleep patterns so that you awaken feeling more positive and refreshed and better able to be the best that you can be. The first thing clients often notice on beginning Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a change in their sleep. This may include sleeping longer or experiencing a better quality of sleep from which they awaken feeling more refreshed. The ripple effect is then created; more patient with the children, having the energy to exercise and generally getting more enjoyment out of life. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can be your first step to reclaiming your life and helping you to feel whole again.
Find out more about Nicola Taylor of Eclipse Solution Focused Hypnotherapy here.
Nicola is available Saturday mornings. Evening appointments are available on request. To book an appointment please give Abergavenny Natural Therapy Centre a ring on 01873 858391 or contact us.
All sessions (with the exception of smoking cessation) begin with a free 30 minute initial consultation during which the nature of the problem is explored and understood. A complementary CD or MP3 will be made available for you to practice relaxing in the comfort of your own home. Further sessions last for up to an hour and consist of a combination of solution focused problem solving techniques and hypnosis bringing together both the conscious and unconscious parts of your mind to generate lasting change.