Insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns of various kinds are experienced at some time by about 35% of the population - these are increasingly common from middle age.  Though many people experience sleep anxiety out of all proportion to their difficulty, the condition requires more careful attention than it often receives.

It is normal to have occasional trouble sleeping. People often say 'I am so tired' or they are ' always sleepy'.  Usually they do not refer to serious conditions. But someone reporting long term fatigue or frequent dizziness and tiredness signals an unambiguously serious case.

Whilst sleep problems  usually cause tiredness  - the causes of insomnia  may combine a wide variety of factors :-

  physiological - overweight, breathing apnoea, late exercise, stress...etc.

 psychological -anxiety, overwork, emotional upset, overactive mind..etc.

 habitual -alcohol, late TV, recreational drugs, eating late....etc.

 environmental - unusual location, external noise, restless partner.... etc.

However it arises, sleep deprivation  should be treated seriously. Even in moderate amounts sleepless nights can significantly reduce one's general enjoyment and quality of life. Over a period it can damage one's prospects, material circumstances & relationships and can also be injurious to physical and mental health.

Whilst there are sleep aids and even operations for physical conditions like sleep apnoea, doctors are reluctant to prescribe for other conditions except as an emergency measure. In any case refreshing natural sleep is what people generally would prefer - but to achieve this requires attention to a whole spectrum of factors.

Sleeping problems break down into several types. For some the difficulty is how to get to sleep. But there are several other kinds of  'sleeping problem'  :-

    -  hovering in a light stage of sleep - between sleeping and waking

    -  difficulty staying asleep, being easily disturbed

    -  being wakeful when disturbed - commonly called sleeplessness

    -  not sleeping deeply enough - insufficient quality of sleep

    -  sleeping longer than necessary - being unable to wake

Clearly then, whilst trouble falling asleep seems clear and unambiguous,terms like sleepless nights  and difficulty sleeping often fail to separate the process into meaningful components.

There are many ways to fall asleep. Each individual does it differently - and usually without knowing how. Operating properly, this process uses largely unconscious natural strategies learned from childhood. When these go wrong they can be hard to get back on track - and people often drive themselves further from solutions by trying too hard.

We seldom ask ourselves how we stay asleep or recognise ' staying asleep ' as a related phenomenon which is entirely unconscious and generally very easy. Clearly it needs needs priming in special ways.

As the issue often comes down to how to sleep better, the first essential is a thorough and accurate analysis of the patterns underlying your difficulty. Ericksonian work relies entirely on good information about YOUR processes and the way they go wrong. The objective is to find elegant ways of making it EASY to change.

Ericksonian Hypnosis - intelligently constructed and used  -  is pretty well unrivalled amongst the natural sleeping aids. It can be used - together with NLP techniques - to adjust your perceptions and patterns of behaviour. It can also train the mind to have a different awareness -  program out disturbances - and  prevent other daytime concerns and worries from contaminating your sleep.

Careful examination of your day and surrounding circumstances from a behavioural point of view can reveal opportunities to re-arrange things in ways which  help to sleep much better. Then suggestions are framed to sensitise the right unconscious process and encourage the right effects without  producing resistant reactions.

Profound changes can be achieved by exact and subtle intervention. Many people also benefit enormously from personally tailored MP3 tracks to reinforce and consolidate the changes achieved.  Generally people discover how to be far more relaxed and tension free - not just as a result of their improved sleeping - but by discovering how to develop a different kind of awareness.

Though sleeping issues present quite frequently, they are so varied and challenging that solving them continues to be varied and engrossing work even after more than thirty years in practice. They are usually solved quite quickly.

( See Also - Tension Anxiety Insecurity  LIFE CRISIS  )

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