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Insomnia and sleep therapy

    Insomnia is a serious problem that has a negative impact on people's performance, ability to work and quality of life, but it is not 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 may develop negative sleep patterns that affect the quality and restorative function of sleep. We would all like to fall asleep easily whenever we feel tired and want 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 negative sleeping patterns and reinforce your insomnia each time you are physically tired and mentally exhausted and want to sleep, but are unable to silence your inner dialogue. When, no matter what you do, you cannot escape those racing, repetitive thoughts, and it feels like your mind and body are conspiring to keep you awake.

Although they are involved in the insomnia pattern, intrusive thoughts are mere symptoms of the real culprit, 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 on an endless loop and build up tremendous stress and anxiety. That stress, anxiety, excitement and insomnia are all connected to what is called “hyperarousal of the nervous system.”

According to my holistic approach, insomnia is a bad habit caused mainly by stress, anxiety and other toxic feelings. If you really think that your insomnia may be due to causes other than those mentioned above, you are probably right. However, in this situation, somatic hypnotherapy is certainly not your treatment of choice. Because all I can do is help you get rid of the emotional triggers of your insomnia and help you restore your restful and restorative sleep.

Stress and anxiety have been associated with the activation of the hypothalamic-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 coeruleus-autonomic nervous system are particularly vulnerable to prolonged or repeated stress, further leading to a vicious circle of dysfunctional arousal states and pathological anxiety states.

The parasympathetic nervous system, which is in charge of your sleeping, restorative and healing mechanisms, works in synergy with the sympathetic nervous system and speeds up your physiological functions when you are facing situations of intense fear, anxiety or stress, regardless of whether they are induced by real or imagined dangers. Somatic hypnotherapy can reverse the effects of the imagination 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 the negative thoughts that are driven by your negative feelings. Since insomnia is a symptom associated with underlying emotional conditions rather than a disease in itself, the philosophy of my insomnia therapy approach is that treating your perceived underlying emotional roots is the key in breaking the vicious circle of insomnia. Once that cycle is broken, you can 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 over your lasting fears and traumas, somatic hypnotherapy is all about releasing the past by rearranging the emotional reading of the past traumatic experiences. In so doing, 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 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 therapy is intended to help you identify and safely release the emotional issues that prevent you from easily falling into a deep and restorative sleep, or those that might disrupt otherwise successful sleep.*

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

The principles of the "No result - no pay" guarantee apply 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.

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Disclaimer: The above article may contain statements that reflect the opinion of the author. It is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute psychological or medical professional advice. I don't diagnose medical conditions, nor do I interfere with any treatments given by your medical professional.

If you already are under the care of a doctor or under medical treatment, follow the advice and treatment recommended by your doctor. For any medical emergency, call the Info-Santé service by dialing 8-1-1

*The results may vary from person to person.

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