An End to Insomnia
Although there are many different sleep problems, insomnia is by far the most common. Insomnia is characterised by problems in falling asleep, waking during the night or early in the morning. Most of us will at some time during our lives suffer from insomnia to some degree. Most insomnia will cure itself, however sometimes it can persist for long periods, or become so bad that the person can feel like they're not sleeping at all.
First it's important to understand about sleep itself.
Different types of sleep
Sleep is not one uniform phenomenon. It comes in different 'flavours', if you like. Firstly, we have slow wave sleep (SWS) which is divided into stages 1, 2, 3 and 4; stage 4 sleep being known as deep sleep. The best-known aspect of sleep is of course dreaming which occurs mostly in Rapid Eye Movement sleep, or REM. This state is unlike other sleep stages as the brain is very active, so much so that it has been called 'paradoxical sleep'.
The need for sleep
Although we are not yet sure of all the benefits sleep brings, several points are clear.
1) REM sleep is essential for emotional health. Dreaming has the function of ridding the emotional centres of the brain of unfulfilled emotional arousal from the previous day, thus leaving us more able to cope well with the next day's emotionally arousing incidents.
When we don't get enough REM sleep, we can often feel a bit 'hyperactive'. REM is suppressed by alcohol - you may have noticed the effect of being a bit 'wound up' the day after a heavy night's drinking. This is due, in part at least, to the fact that you have not dreamed enough. You can imagine what happens if we constantly under-dream. Anti-depressants also suppress REM sleep.
2) Slow wave sleep is essential for rejuvenation of physical processes. The exact ways in which this happens are as yet unclear, but we do know that the immune system benefits from a good night's sleep. A reduction in sleep of 2 hours per night has been shown to reduce the number of natural killer cells (disease fighters) by as much as 20%.
3) Extreme sleep deprivation can cause highly unpleasant and bizarre effects such as loss of balance, memory and even hallucinations. So we can see that a good night's sleep is not a luxury; it is an absolute necessity.
Why are sleep problems so common?
Sleep can be disrupted easily for many of us as it requires progressive relaxation in order to take place. Therefore anything that raises our adrenaline levels, or causes us to worry, can interfere with the natural process of sleep. Some people seem to be able to 'switch off' the day's worries and can sleep in any environment. For others, sleep seems to be much more delicate.
Sleeping pills - a real 'Insomnia Cure'?
When you haven't slept for days, the thought of 'sweet oblivion' is extremely attractive, and who can blame those of us who choose a fail-safe option like a sleeping pill? In the long run however, they can lead to more problems. Sleeping pills impair quality of sleep and often have other side-effects such as anxiety and disorientation.
So what can be done about insomnia in the long-term?
When a person has chronic insomnia it is almost as if they have 'forgotten' how to sleep properly, or that they have become conditioned to responding to the sleep situation (i.e. bedtime) with anxiety or irritation instead of relaxation. What often needs to happen in these circumstances is a 're-training' of the mind and body in achieving the state necessary for sleep to occur.
The difficulty with sleep is that the harder you try to sleep, the less likely it is to happen. It's called "the psychological law of reversal". This means we need to approach it in a different way. Rather than going directly for the goal, we need to 'set the scene' so that natural sleep processes can take place by themselves.
We all know that relaxation techniques are all the rage - be it meditation, yoga, massage, or whatever. But how important is relaxation? And what exactly will it do for you? The answers may surprise you...
Numerous studies have shown that using relaxation techniques regularly can:
- Decrease the likelihood of heart attack and stroke, and can significantly reduce the incidence of a 2nd heart attack
- Protect you from mental health problems
- Improve your immune system function
- Aid memory and learning
- Improve your coping skills and make you feel better!
If there's one truth about the way we live today, it's that our stress levels are higher than they were a century ago. A lot higher. And that's not because life is 'harder', but because of the type of stressors we have to cope with.
Today, so much of what we rely on is in the hands of other people, like job security (our employer), food for our family (our employer), our security (the police) and so on. Added to a decrease in the feeling of community and extended family support and you have a great recipe for stress.
With increased stress and the accompanying decrease in relaxation time, comes raised levels of stress hormones within your body - hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Blood pressure rises. Your brain behaves differently affecting memory and healing.
Stress hormones are extremely useful in the short-term - say if you are attacked, but they are toxic in the long-term. They suppress your immune system function and interfere with sleep quality. Even though you may consider there to be an absence of stress in your life, the pattern; the habit has been formed. It needs to be changed or eliminated in such a way that the subconscious mind believes it's doing its best for you - the boss.
So what we need to do practically is:
Eliminate sleep disruptors
Introduce sleep enhancers
Optimize environment to maintain improvements.
This is where this CD comes into play. Combined with the tips for sleep hygiene and the mental exercises we'll include as hard copies, you can use them to convince the subconscious that it will not be rewarded by waking. That there is no need to maintain the hyper vigilant state. Construct a bedroom that is peaceful and inviting by following the sleep hygiene rules and you can begin to embrace the thought of sleep with a wonderful expectation rather than a disagreeable self-fulfilling prophecy.
The CD comes with information regarding hypnosis and will answer any questions you may have as to the effectiveness of this program and what the expected results may be.
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