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Insomnia and sleep therapy

    Contrary to popular belief, insomnia is rather a symptom than a disease in itself.

Although sleep is a very personal experience, sleep quality is often considered the most accurate indicator of the quality of life.

People with insomnia can have trouble falling or staying asleep, or developing other negative sleep patterns that affect the quality and the restorative function of sleep. Everyone would like to fall asleep easily when he feels tired and wants to rest. Yet, primed by problems with falling or staying asleep, insomnia has reached pandemic proportions.

Even though sleep is an innate restorative mechanism driven by a fundamental necessity, your sleeping pattern is a learned behaviour. You learn your negative sleeping patterns and you reinforce your insomnias each time when you are physically tired and mentally exhausted, you are sick of the inner dialogue that you want to shut up, to relax and to sleep, but you can’t. When you want to escape those racing, repetitive thoughts, but no matter what you do, you cannot get rid of them and it feels like your mind and body are conspiring against you, just to keep you awake.

Although your thoughts are involved in the insomnia pattern, the intrusive thoughts are mere symptoms of the real culprit of your insomnias which is your emotional state of mind. As you already know, your state of mind and your emotional feelings have a strong grip on your thoughts. Lasting anger, resentment, guilt, regret, remorse, grief, confusion, shame, embarrassment, frustration, traumas and painful memories can replay in your mind like an endless loop and built-up tremendous stress and anxiety. Well, the stress, anxiety, excitement and insomnia are all connected to what is called “hyperarousal of the nervous system”

Stress and anxiety have been associated with the activation of the hypoathalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, while corticotropin-releasing hormone and cortisol, (produced by the HPA axis), are known to cause arousal and sleeplessness. The corticotropin-releasing hormone system and the locus ceruleus-autonomic nervous system are particularly vulnerable to prolonged or repeated stress, further leading to a vicious circle of dysfunctional arousal state and pathological anxiety states.

The parasympathetic nervous system, which is in charge of your sleeping, restorative and healing mechanism, works in synergy with the sympathetic nervous system which speeds up your physiological functions when you are facing situations of intense fear, anxiety or stress, regardless whether they are induced by some real or just imagined dangers. Somatic hypnotherapy can reverse the effects of the imaginary induced fight-or-flight response and restores your natural sleeping pattern, by effectively uprooting and winnowing away the accumulated stress, anxiety, emotional traumas and other insomnia related emotional or somatic causes.

Often, insomnia is nothing but a learned bad habit acquired in the process of coping with your negative thoughts driven by your negative feelings. As insomnia is rather a symptom associated with underlying emotional conditions than a disease in itself, the philosophy of my insomnia therapy approach is that treating the underlying emotional roots as you perceive them, is the key in breaking the vicious circle of insomnia. Thus you will break the vicious circle of insomnia, cure your insomnia and regain your restful restorative sleep.

What has the potential to fulfill or to haunt your life is the emotional reading of your memories and not the factual memories themselves. Therefore, unlike conventional hypnotherapy approaches that focus on adding a fresh layer of positive emotions on  top of your lasting fears and traumas, the somatic hypnotherapy is all about releasing the past by rearranging the emotional reading of the past traumatic experiences and so it is connecting to the present and building towards a new future.

With my approach, you won't undergo a passive script therapy; instead you’ll be in charge and in control of your healing. Somatic hypnotherapy won’t overwrite or change your thoughts or your pattern of thinking, but can help you to think, feel and live the way you want, by effectively helping you to ease or clear whatever negative emotion that keeps you from not thinking, feeling or living the way you want.*

My insomnia treatments are intended to help you identify and safely release the emotional issues that won’t allow you to fall easily into a deep and restorative sleep, or those that, once you are asleep, might disrupt your sleep.*

Whatever the reasons of your insomnia are, don't allow them to cripple your life.

The "No Cure - No Pay" principle applies to all my therapies.

Contact me and book your appointment today! Let this be the most exciting experience of your life, and I will be happy to help you on your journey.

Disclaimer: The above content is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute any psychological or other medical professional advice. I don't diagnose conditions, nor do I interfere with any treatments given by your medical professional.

*The results may vary from person to person.

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