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.

How can Shaanti Wellness help me?

We will initially teach you a specific form of skilled relaxation, which will help your body and mind be at one, in total calm.  This is not the same as what you may do ordinarily to "relax" such as watching tv or reading a book.  This is your first step to achieving the sleep you so desire. Many clients even fall asleep during this exercise, which may indicate the extent the mind and body is in need. Together, we will discover the root cause of your insomnia and work on what we identify. For example, if anxiety is the cause, we have protocols in place to help you deal with anxiety which should then take care of your sleepless nights. Believe it or not, the actual stressor that initially caused your insomnia may not be present; however, the insomnia remains because it has become a habitual body response. We can work on this too, with a specific technique that is proven effective. We have a variety of techniques within Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy which will help overcome your insomnia. We very often find client’s experience positive changes in other areas of their lives since we use two of the most powerful psychological therapies combined. If you think this is for you get in touch.

How long can I expect it to take?

3 – 6 sessions Clients usually take between 3 to 6 sessions, depending on the cause of the insomnia but many of our clients feel an instant relief after their first session. This all depends on the severity, and each case is different.

shaanti wellness yoga is also designed to help you deal with issues that cause lack of sleep.  Irrespective of your experience, our KRI qualified Yoga teacher will be on hand to ensure you are taken care of. One to one sessions or group sessions are available. Find out more

At shaanti wellness our ethos is to you bring you into a better place from where we found you, a calmer you, a more vibrant you.

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