How insomnia impacts us mentally and physically. What we can do to improve our sleep quality
How to Address Unhelpful Beliefs About Sleep. We often overlook the cognitive factor in the best sleep therapy. When we’re struggling to fall asleep, our thoughts are good at going in unhelpful directions. Even though we recognize the mind’s tricks when we are lying in bed unable to sleep, we can still get caught up in them.
So what are some of the common unhelpful thoughts that crop up with insomnia? Below are seven that frequently occur:-
1. “I won’t be able to function tomorrow”. Most of us worry that a bad night’s sleep will hurt us the next day. We might worry that we’ll fall asleep in meetings, will be miserable all day, or even won’t be able to work. While it’s true that insomnia is linked to lower performance on some tasks, the effects tend to be small, and there’s no significant effect on other cognitive and physical tasks………
Many parents are confused about the sleep patterns of teenagers. They complain that they can’t get their teenager to go to bed at a decent hour and then are not able to coax them out of bed in the morning.
Infants and children are “larks”; They wake early and sleep early
Teenagers are “owls”; They stay up until the wee hours of the morning and awaken late.
Sleep patterns are controlled by a complex web of brain signalling and hormones – they are regulated by maturational stages. This reverts more to the early to bed, early to rise pattern in adulthood.
Teenagers have a delayed release of melatonin (the hormone responsible for sleep) by about 2 hours……
To sleep you need to relax. Hypnosis teaches you how to relax physically and mentally. NLP teaches you how to anchor the relaxed state. You learn to take control, and to use natural ways to fall asleep. Your sub-conscious mind has memories of deep, restful sleep. Both Hypnosis and NLP help you to re-educate your mind into relaxing, and reintroduces your brain to healthy sleeping patterns. Insomnia is a chronic inability to sleep well. Do you lie awake at night worrying about the presentation you have the next day, or the impending confrontation with a colleague, or about your financial…