Insomnia is one of the most common problems we, as human beings, experience. Most of us, at some time or another, have experienced lack of sleep, and the devastating effects on mind, body, emotions and energy levels, when we don’t get enough sleep.
Sleep is one of the most fundamental needs our body has. In order for us to feel happy, balanced and energized, we need sleep. We all know how it feels to lie awake at night, not be able to sleep; the exhaustion, irritability, and the sheer weariness of the body. We find ourselves going through life being moody and irritable, and constantly close to tears, and one look in the mirror … those dark rings around our eyes, and we know we look as bad as we feel!
The frustration of lying in bed, tossing and turning, restless legs, too hot, too cold, anxiety, stress, worry, security fears, working too hard or too late, worrying about the future, busy or important day the next day, a busy mind that won’t switch off, or simply a habit formed from being a night-owl and staying up too late too many nights in a row … And conversely, the less we sleep, the less we are able to sleep.
- Not being able to fall asleep
- Waking in the night and not being able to get back to sleep
And sometimes – both!
The reasons for insomnia are seemly endless. And sometimes it seems as if the solutions are not solutions at all:
- Sleeping tablets are habit forming and often cease to work after a while, which means higher dosage or a stronger sleeping tablet.
- Trying to form good pre-sleep habits are difficult when you are already dreading the night ahead
- Exercise is great, but it may be difficult to motivate yourself because you’re so exhausted
- Avoid caffeine – well that would work if you didn’t need that caffeine boost to get you through the day!
Some other suggestions are more helpful – tone down your emotions in the evening, eliminate noise, read a book, avoid media, your phone and tablet for at least half an hour before bed, or drink some calming tea or warm milk just before bed.
But there is a much easier and more effective way to be able to get a great night’s sleep naturally. Hypnosis has been used since the 1700’s to successfully treat stress, anxiety and insomnia, to change unwanted habits, such as smoking and bad eating habits, to successfully lose weight, and even help with medical problems, such as pain control, and relief from discomfort.
Hypnosis is a powerful way to train the mind to access deep states of relaxation. During hypnosis the mind automatically learns how to de-stress and relax, and how to connect to a deep state of inner peace and tranquility – and that is half the battle won already! In hypnosis, we train the mind let go of stress, leave troubling thoughts and emotions behind, and be to able to connect to a very peaceful state, and ultimately, fall asleep easily and naturally stay asleep all night long, to get a lovely restful sleep, and wake feeling refreshed.
Sharon has helped hundreds of clients to let go of anxiety, stress and worry, and to be able to connect to a state of complete relaxation. Further suggestions of being able to fall asleep easily naturally follow. Sharon teaches her clients self hypnosis, so that each client has the ability to program their own mind, to access a deeply relaxed state mind, to fall asleep easily and naturally get a deep peaceful nights rest.
Most clients see Sharon for 3 – 5 sessions for relief from insomnia, depending on the problems related to lack of sleep. Teaching the mind to relax is a progressive technique, with each session building on the last session, for lasting change. Problems related to lack of sleep can also be resolved. Even trauma can be resolved and left behind as hypnotherapy is extremely powerful way to work through issues / trauma / leave the past behind / live in the moment / learn to program your own subconscious mind / to attain a state of mindfulness / learn to meditate … The list of benefits really is endless.
As for the actual state of hypnosis, it is nothing like the way it is portrayed in movies and TV! It is not an unconscious state, and nor is it a state of sleep. It is merely a deeply relaxed state, where there is a heightened focus on what is being discussed. Often, after their first session of experiencing hypnosis, clients say things like: ‘wow – I’ve never felt so relaxed’ or ‘that was awesome’ …
Sharon is a fully qualified hypnotist, and has been in practice for over 6 years. She uses many different techniques under the umbrella of hypnosis to bring about change for her clients, such as direct suggestions, visualization, metaphor and story telling, as well as teaching each client how to program their own mind to reach their goals.
Please note that unfortunately in South Africa (unlike the UK) medical aids don’t cover hypnosis.