Insomnia in itself is not a "condition", but rather a symptom of something else, such as an anxiety disorder or depression. It is also frequently a symptom of stress, or of an unhealthy lifestyle.

              sleepTo be able to sleep well, we need the right environment; both internal and external. By internal, I mean that the mind needs to be clear and calm and relaxed and by external I mean the surrounding space needs to be such that sleep is not disturbed by it.

The internal environment

Persons suffering from anxiety or depression require therapy to enable them to clear the "chatter" in their minds that prevent them from sleeping. There are articles elsewhere on this site (see the list on the right) that explain how this is done. For others, it is more a coaching process. I also spend time with all insomniac clients teaching them practical relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques to enable them to slip into a natural sleep, without pills or alcohol. Coaching also supplies methods of becoming better organised so that the client is carrying less information, such as tasks "to do", in their minds. This can be a huge source of worry and general "brain noise". Lifestyle choices are also considered and managed in a healthy, balanced way.

Here are some practical ideas you could implement straight away:

  • SleepingIf something is on your mind, write it down and deal with it in the morning
  • Go to bed when you are tired. Allow enough time that you wake naturally, on time, in the morning. It takes a while to work out just how much sleep you need - but it comes with practice and you will feel much better for it!
  • Avoid too many late nights.
  • Learn self-hypnosis
  • Book a coaching appointment!

The external environment

  • BedroomA good night's sleep needs a comfortable bed. How old is your bed, or mattress? It would probably cost the equivalent of a couple of nights' stay in a hotel to replace it if needed, and it will then provide you with many more than a couple of nights comfort! When you think of it that way, isn't it a good investment?
  • Beds are for sleeping and for making love, nothing else; no TV, no internet, no books, no mobile phones or tablets. If you are allowing these to become associated subconsciously with the bed you are sending the wrong signal to the subconscious mind. It needs to know that the bed is the place where it sleeps. Then it will automatically start to do so the second your head hits the pillow.
  • Where possible, the temperature of the room should be cool, and the bed itself warm. Research has shown this to be the best option for good sleep.

If you would like more information, or to book an appointment, please call me on 021 487 6072 or use this link to email me.

Coronavirus Covid-19

The current pandemic situation is difficult for everyone, but especially those already suffering from anxiety issues. I want to continue to help as much as I can.

Social distancing guidelines now mean that I am unable to offer face to face therapy for the next few weeks, but I haven't gone away totally. If you need to call to talk to someone please don't hesitate to do so. In some cases it may be possible to arrange therapy sessions by Skype, FaceTime or similar.

I'm here to help.

March 2020