Sleep Issues, Insomnia and Dream analysis
Daytime problems don’t simply dissolve when we close our eyes and go to sleep at night. In fact, it’s usually when we’re free from external distractions that the issues of the day become amplified, sometimes leading to insomnia and other parasomnias.
When we do fall asleep, our dreams often reflect the emotions and situations which attract our attention during the daytime. If we pay attention to their content, our dreams and unconscious mind can show us areas of our lives that we could improve and how to go about making those improvements.
It’s your unconscious mind that usually has the problem since your conscious mind knows exactly what you want to do, and how you do or do not want to feel. Most people who come to therapy have tried thinking their way past a problem only to find that the results and effects are temporary, and this can make you feel even more isolated and powerless.
I combine different psychotherapeutic methods with hypnosis tools, so that you can access the content of your unconscious consciously to understand what’s going on. This allows your waking, conscious mind the ability to directly interact with and learn from any information that arises from your active imagination so that you can effect lasting change.
Through hypno-psychotherapy, you’ll also learn how to better communicate with and build a strong relationship with your unconscious so that more of your mental resources will be available to work on any issues throughout the day and night.
We spend a third of our lives doing it but many of us suffer from one or more sleep issues during our lifetimes. In the UK alone, 37% of adults will report experiencing insomnia and 22% have trouble falling asleep every night. Most will attempt to fix the problem on their own either through drinking more alcohol or consuming more caffeine in the morning to reduce the effects of a poor night’s sleep. Unfortunately, both strategies just add to the problem and medications do not train you to sleep better – with some side effects contributing to morning grogginess and daytime brain fog.
More and more research is showing that getting good quality, refreshing sleep is vital for our physical and mental wellbeing. The brain and body carry out essential repairs and maintenance, the mind processes memories and makes new connections between daily thoughts so that you obtain more creative solutions in your waking reality. The benefits of getting good sleep extend into every area of physical and psychological performance.
When we lack sleep, our ability to learn, focus, remember, or perform even the simplest tasks are badly affected. We also feel more anxious, stressed and emotional. We’re more irritable and prone to get into arguments, and less likely to connect empathically and compassionately with those around us.
Basically, the better you sleep, the better you feel, with enhanced mood, confidence, memory and performance capacity. And who wouldn’t want that?
Problems with sleep can be biological but the vast majority are not. Some are caused by habits that have found their way into your unconscious patterns. Therefore, bad habits can be changed by replacing them with good habits. Other problems come about because the stresses and anxieties of the day haven’t been properly dealt with, and this is also where psychotherapy can help.