Stress can affect the quality of our sleep and sleep deprivation causes our emotional and physical wellbeing to suffer. Our brains are very active during sleep. REM (light sleep) deals with our daily emotional experiences so we can get up in the morning in a refreshed state ready for a new day.
Our brains need this restorative sleep to function at their best. At night both physiological and emotional functioning is being restored. Glial cells carry out many ‘housekeeping’ activities overnight and are responsible for keeping the brain in an optimum condition. Sleep deprivation may prevent glial cells from functioning in an optimum way and therefore may cause a variety of sleep disorders.
Reduction of sleep time triggers a stress response, leading to augmented levels of glucocorticoids and adrenaline. These hormones regulate components of the innate immune system such as natural killer (NK) and NKT cells. Sleep-deprivation reduces NK cell number and function mediated by β-adrenergic signalling. De Lorenzo BH, de Oliveira Marchioro L, Greco CR, Suchecki D.
In hypnotherapy, we focus on a relaxed state that very closely mimics REM sleep. We elicit relaxation of body and mind as 20 minutes in trance is as effective for brain health as a few hours of sleep. We teach our clients auto-hypnosis (effective recall of relaxed states) and they can continue to practice these states at home, improving their sleep pattern.
Chamine, Atchley and Oken (2018) reviewed 139 papers written on the use of hypnosis interventions for sleep problems, including randomised controlled trials. The authors found overwhelming evidence is that nearly 60% of studies reporting the use of hypnosis to treat sleep disorders found hypnosis to be an effective treatment, and, as in pain management, with few to no side effects or adverse experiences.
“I attended seeking help how to deal with severe bouts of insomnia that I suffer with from time to time along with the fact that I had become a person that could not deal rationally with day to day life, silly little problems that I would blow out of all proportion and then I would spiral into anxiety and panic. I had five sessions with Veronika but was amazed in that short time my
Veronika is a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH), National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
Gabrielle is a member of NCH, RCM associate member and a member of The Hypnobirthing Association