Insomnia, broken sleep, or the inability to wake refreshed after a night’s sleep.
Whatever way you describe your inability to sleep well, could anxiety be causing your insomnia. If you previously slept well but for some reason, you are experiencing weeks or months of poor sleep, then it is important to resolve the underlying anxiety. Insomnia can bring on physical issues so it is important to resolve your interrupted/lack of sleep.
Anxiety is a signal that your life is under threat. To the mind and body, this means going on high alert and being poised to run away or fight. It is the fight or flight response. The physiology within the body means keeping the blood pumping into the arms and legs. Non-essential functions for escape or attack quietened while the mind is in high alert. To your mind, your life is under threat.
Law of Reversed Effect:
- How can your body and mind settle into a deep, rejuvenating sleep if it has to stay on guard? The mind cannot cope with two competing feelings – you cannot relax and be on alert at the same time. Your thoughts are causing the problem and therefore, need to be addressed.
- You are “trying” to force yourself to sleep. You are watching the clock. Helpful or unhelpful? Again, the more you try to do something, the opposite occurs.
- Before you go to bed, you are anticipating the difficulty in falling asleep, you “hope” tonight will be different. But again, it is focusing on what you don’t want to happen. The stress response has kicked off.
- I’ll read or watch TV, that will help me sleep. This will only serve to stimulate the brain. Your mind doesn’t know what you watch or read isn’t happening to you. You react to the scenes.
What Happens When I Don’t Sleep Properly:
- Sleep is the mind’s maintenance mode. Rejuvenation, repair and untangling concerns and worries is the work processed by sleep. You don’t expect a mechanic to work on your car while you are driving at top speed. When anxiety is interrupting sleep, this is essentially what is happening. Anxiety is running a high alert so essential maintenance cannot be performed.
- You end up working your mind and body past its peak performance. We need the stress response, it keeps us from steeping out in front of a car but we don’t need this response when we are trying to sleep. The result is tiredness and fatigue. You are not a machine that keep going at a constant high pace.
- Your anxiety, whether it is coming from negative thinking or you have an actual concern, needs to find a way to be released.
- If you fight against your body’s need to rest and do nothing about your anxiety, expecting it to go away, then your body will give you physical manifestations of is discomfort.
We have all experienced a sleepless night due to exams, interviews or some big event in our lives. It is natural to have concerns about the unknown. But I wonder if you can remember a time when something was troubling you and you fell asleep naturally and when you woke in the morning, it didn’t seem quite so bad. This was due to your mind working on the issue, to break it down into manageable chunks and to give you solutions.
Your mind wants to help you but only if you let. Your insomnia is caused by your mind being on high alert, in its effort to protect you. What happens when it’s your thoughts causing the insomnia?
Caveat: If you have never been a good sleeper, then it is unlikely that you will ever be a deep sleeper. What can improve is the quality of your sleep. It is not about how long you sleep but the quality.
How To Treat Your Anxiety?
Anxiety can take many forms, it can be thoughts that just never seem to switch off and it can be physical symptoms. Pain without any physical cause. However your anxiety manifests, it has your focus. Focus gives it energy and power. Anxiety is controlling you. Therefore, the anxiety is causing insomnia in a way that would restore the body naturally.
I offer hypnosis as a treatment for insomnia and its underlying anxiety. Hynos comes from the Greek meaning to sleep. It is giving yourself permission to allow the body and mind to relax and let go. If you slept in the past, we remind your mind of this past programming. If you never slept well, we are installing new ways of being. We are giving instructions on what must happen when you go to bed to sleep.
However, we must deal with the anxiety element. In the relaxed state of hypnosis, you can look within for where that anxiety lives, change it to how you want to be and deal with the fears that keep this anxiety running inside.
If you can look forward to your bedtime and give your concerns over to your subconscious mind, then you will have a restful, refreshing sleep. It is giving you a choice, to focus on what if and stay in pain (physical and/or emotional) or to let go of what you cannot control.
If you want to gain control and get rid of your insomnia, then contact me with the form below or call 086 1038892. Appointments in Limerick City.