Do you find yourself wide awake and tossing and turning night after night?

Insomnia and sleep problems tend to start in isolation but can soon develop into habits that are hard to break. People experience sleeping problems in different ways, some people find it difficult to get to sleep, some wake frequently during the night and some wake too early. Some people experience a mixture of all these issues and never feel rested and refreshed by sleep.


Recent research has shown that we don't all need 8 hours of sleep a night, some people need more, some significantly less. The important thing is that you are truly rested and refreshed by sleep!


How can Hypnotherapy & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Help?


We all have a conscious and unconscious mind. The conscious mind is the part of the mind that you actively and deliberately think with all day long. Your unconscious mind is the part of you that ultimately controls every aspect of your behaviour. It stores and runs all the "programmes" of automatic behaviour that you use to live your life, it's a bit like having an "autopilot" function in your brain. It allows us to do multiple things simultaneously without having to concentrate on them all at once.


If you experience regular sleep problems, it's often the result of your "programme for sleep" in your unconscious mind being distorted in some way.


Using Cognitive Hypnotherapy (a combination of Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)) you can learn to use both your conscious and unconscious mind to restore your natural sleep-cycle.  Sessions are tailored to the needs of the individual but could include: 

  • Stimulus-Control Therapy
  • Sleep Restriction Therapy
  • Relaxation Training
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Sleep Hygiene

At the end of your first session you will be given a CD that you can listen to as often as needed. This will reinforce what you have covered in your session and will help you to re-establish your natural cycle of deep, restful sleep.

There are a number of medical conditions that can interfere with sleeping e.g. Parkinson's Disease, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome and some chronic pain conditions. This doesn't mean, however, that you can't still improve your quality of sleep using Cognitive Hypnotherapy. In many cases sleeping better can be a major help in the healing process. You SHOULD NOT, however, change your treatment regime for any medical condition without consulting your GP. This includes any medication that you are taking for insomnia.