Insomnia

Do you suffer from insomnia?

We spend about a third of our lives sleeping. Everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is essential but we often neglect it. If you suffer from sleep disturbances, you are well aware of the adverse effects on your relationships, your work life and your overall sense of well-being. Hypnosis can help you regain quality sleep.

Hypnotherapy to fight against insomnia

I treat problems with falling asleep, maintaining sleep and the quality of sleep. Other disorders, such as sleepwalking, are outside my skills. Insomnia is often caused by a combination of muscle tension and uncontrolled thoughts. First, I make a review to understand the difficulties that affect your sleep. Then I present you the treatment program (about 2 to 3 sessions), which consists of:

Although hypnotherapy is a short therapy, insomnia is often complex; it is not feasible that a single hypnosis session will fix everything, although progress can be quick.

  • keep a sleep journal (to record progress, target areas of work);
  • take care of your sleep hygiene (do you have every chance on your side to sleep well?);
  • educate you about your sleep (learn and eliminate ideas about sleep)
  • learn to relax (the key to a restful sleep);
  • plan your sleep (re-condition your body when to sleep)
  • stop mental ruminations that prevent you from sleeping (cognitive restructuring: mindfulness work and hypnosis to learn to distance yourself from your thoughts);
  • hypnotherapy (hypnosis and self-hypnosis training to work with the unconscious to bring about lasting change);
  • brief therapy work on possible traumas that cause a state of generalized anxiety.

The different sleep disorders

There are three kinds of sleep disorders:

  1. insomnia
  2. hypersomnia (excessive drowsiness),
  3. parasomnia (nightmares, somnambulism, …).

Some sleep disorders are caused by medical or physical disorders, while others are due to stress and related worries. The most common sleep disorder that I treat is insomnia, which is divided into two types:

  1. primary insomnia: insomnia is the problem of origin,
  2. secondary insomnia: because of another medical or psychiatric problem.

The different types of insomnia

You have sleep problems such as:

  • falling asleep: difficulty falling asleep quickly,
  • the maintenance of sleep: frequent awakenings in the middle of the night,
  • late insomnia: waking up early and unable to go back to sleep,
  • the poor quality of sleep.

The diagnosis

The criteria for a diagnosis of insomnia vary:

  • your sleep is not restful,
  • it takes you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep or you stay awake for more than 30 minutes in the middle of the night,
  • you sleep only 85% of the time in bed,
  • you have difficulty sleeping at least 3 nights in the week,
  • your insomnia problems have lasted more than 6 months,
  • you feel tired, your performance is affected, as well as your mood,
  • your sleep problems make your functioning difficult in your relationships and tasks, it creates additional stress.

If insomnia lasts:

  • for less than 2 weeks, it’s called “transient“,
  • from 2 to 4 weeks, it is called “short-term” or “acute“,
  • more than 4 weeks, it is called “chronic“.

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