Insomnia and sleep disorders can come about for several reasons.
They may be due to somatic disorders, reactions to medication, or emotional disturbances or as a result of unprocessed personal issues.
Some people cannot get to sleep in the first place. They may have poor discipline around going to bed or spend hours while in bed thinking about various things in their life that have nothing to do with sleep.
Others may wake up early and be unable to get back to sleep.
People who have disturbances in slow wave sleep (when you normally dream), can suffer profound physical and mental exhaustion because the sleep never goes down into the REM state in which you dream.
Dreaming is so important because it is the time when your mind does a lot of unconscious processing and if we do not sleep deep enough to do that, we begin to lose our sanity.
There are different brain-wave states that you go through to take your brain down to the sleep phase.
Normal function when awake is called beta but to sleep your brain must slow down, going through, alpha, theta to deep sleep which is delta. If this does not happen you stay awake. If you are lying in bed in the high beta wave (alarm state) you will have no sleep at all.
It is important to find the cause of the insomnia instead of simply trying to apply insomnia treatments.
Since I am a naturopath as well as a clinical hypnotherapist, I will also take a full medical history and may send you off for some tests to see if it is likely that your hormones may be out of kilter or your thyroid or adrenals are disordered.
I will also ask you to bring the results of any tests you already had done to the first session.
If there is a physical cause for the insomnia, that must be treated first. Even if there is a physical cause, using hypnotherapy can help considerably in you getting a good rest.
However, insomnia is not just caused by physical issues.
Many people suffer insomnia due to unresolved personal issues. During hypnotherapy we can deal with the different kinds of sleep disorders, without the assistance of chemical medication, which often tends to exacerbate insomnia.
As a naturopath I prefer natural insomnia remedies, so I may prescribe some herbs, change your diet and maybe implement some lifestyle changes.
Lack of sleep weakens the immune and digestive systems and over-excites the nervous system, making you very edgy and short-tempered.
It is possible to retrain the way the brain works under hypnosis as the brain is actually very plastic throughout your life.
Sleep is so important to wellbeing and being able to induce rest with hypnosis is fast and effective and a great relief if you are suffering from insomnia.
So we will teach you to sleep better. Yes that is right, I said, “teach”. Hypnosis helps reprogram your brainwave states so you can go down into the delta deep REM sleep state, which allows you to wake up in the morning rested.
Book your appointment with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath In Sydney. You can get help by booking an appointment with her at Australian Health & Education Centre.