Sleep is the best meditation ~ Dalai Lama
If you are reading this it is likely that your lack of sleep, trouble falling asleep or waking up in the middle of the night is affecting your life and possibly, health. You may feel tired and groggy, but anxiety may also result. If you have been dealing with this for more than a few days it is important you rule out any health conditions which may be causing your sleeplessness. Once your General Practitioner has eliminated any underlying health conditions, shaanti wellness has the expertise, using an evidence based approach, to help you achieve a good night sleep and leaving you feeling more energised and calm.
Types of Insomnia
Insomnia can manifest in a variety of forms, however, it can be categorised as one of two types.
- Temporary Insomnia:
Lasts from 1 day to 4 weeks. Common causes include stress, alcohol, caffeine, jet lag and a change in your lifestyle, whether at work or at home.
Temporary insomnia can be further broken down by intermittent or transient insomnia. This is when a person experiences sleeping problems over a period of time, which can be experienced intermittently on and off.
- Persistent Insomnia / Chronic Insomnia:
Sleeplessness can persist almost nightly for a period of at least 4 weeks. Causes can include pain from medical conditions such as arthritis, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, Fibromyalgia, allergies, mental health issues, anxiety and more.
Symptoms of Insomnia
Whilst symptoms differ from individual to individual, the common symptoms are listed below.
- Unable to fall asleep
- Waking up too early and being unable to fall asleep again
- Waking up several times during the night
- Remaining awake for long periods at night
- Having difficulty concentrating or functioning properly
- Feeling irritated
- Feeling tired and groggy
Treatment for Insomnia
In the first instance, it is important to rule out any organic causes, so speak to your doctor first. It is important to find out the underlying cause. They may advise you to take medication to help you sleep.
If you don’t think medication is the answer for you, consider speaking to your doctor and discuss with them the possibility of using Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy as a form of treatment. As we said, it’s tackling the cause which will help you sleep better by using techniques in our sessions.