Sleep Problems

Counselling for Sleep Problems in Reading, Berkshire

Sleep Problems

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a disturbance in normal patterns of sleep which leaves the individual feeling drained and exhausted, which then gives rise to lack of concentration, irritability, and inability to perform any task well including poor work performance. It is characterised by excessive thinking or worrying. It is estimated that one in four people will suffer from the condition at some point in their life. Sleep is a natural resting time which allows the body to build up strength and the mind to ‘switch off’.

Some people need more sleep than others, and age often influences the amount of time an individual spends sleeping. For example:

A baby needs about 16 to 17 hours
A child needs about 9 to 10 hours
An adult needs about 7 to 9 hours

However, these times can vary from person to person and depends on their lifestyle, weight, diet, exercise levels, living environment, circumstances and work schedule. Anxiety, stress, illness, alcohol smoking, and the menopause in women, can also hugely affect a person’s sleep quality and sleep patterns.

Symptoms of Insomnia

Insomnia and sleep problems are often linked to stress and anxiety and some of the common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up several times during the night and lying awake with worry
  • Waking up very early in the morning, feeling restless and unable to get back to sleep
  • Waking up feeling exhausted and not feeling refreshed in the morning
  • Feeling tired and irritable
  • Inability to cope even with the smallest task
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Suffering from headaches or migraine
  • Inability to cope with the normal pressures of everyday life

If you’ve been suffering from insomnia, whether it’s for a few days, weeks or even years, it can be very distressing, frustrating, depressing and exhausting for you. Sometimes it’s important to be aware that insomnia itself may not be the actual problem but a symptom of something else that is wrong, stressful or disturbing in one’s life or relationships. But often, it’s not possible to change the external circumstances in our life e.g. job, family, relationships, or other stressors in life, but what we can do is learn new ways to fall asleep and develop new attitudes to waking up in the middle of the night, or early waking.

How can Counselling Help Improve Your Sleep?

Insomnia is often a habit of thinking that keeps the mind dwelling on worries .  You may be feeling overwhelmed by many thoughts racing through your mind. Hypnotherapy is an excellent tool for preparing the mind and body to relax, and for removing unhelpful behaviours and thinking patterns around sleep. Using various relaxation and calming techniques and strategies help you to switch off from any worries, and to let go of any tension, stress and anxiety of the day.  It can help an individual to become calmer, both mentally and physically.  Counselling can also help you understand any underlying causes that may be impacting or disrupting your sleeping patterns.

If the tiredness and irritability resulting from lack of sleep are preventing you from living a normal life and leaving you feeling unable to cope with the ups and downs of life, then you may like to hear about how Counselling can help you improve your sleep patterns. Please get in touch so we can look at ways we can work together to re-educate and retrain your mind to think differently so that you can begin to ‘switch-off’ at the end of the day and get a good night sleep. Once you start to sleep better, the issues which arise from lack of sleep start to diminish and you find you are coping better with the normal pressures of everyday life.  If you’re handling things better, you feel less stressed, and when you feel less stressed you sleep better.

What’s the Next Step?

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