I wanted to talk about sleep, today. As with most other things connected with the subconscious mind, I find sleep fascinating. We all go through various stages of mind state while we fall asleep, when we are in a deep sleep and when we start to wake up. There has been a lot of research on sleep, mostly focused on how much is the right amount and why some people can function on as little as 5 hours while others need at least 10!
Imagine how much you could get done if you were one of those who didn’t need much sleep?
For most of us though, lack of sleep can seriously affect our ability to concentrate and it can lead to grumpiness and a higher risk of mistakes or accidents.
I am particularly interested in the dream state. In this state our subconscious mind helps us process the events of the day and it can actually give us the answers to our current waking problems in the form of symbols. This is when a dream dictionary can come in handy. A lot of the time, though, it is fairly easy to get an idea of what a dream is trying to tell you. It seems that even dreaming can vary from person to person, with some people dreaming in full multi-sensory technicolour while others have to make do with black and white!
I am one of the lucky ones whose dreams are so lifelike it’s like I’ve really experienced it!
When I talk about sleep with people, it is often the lack of it that is first on the list. There are so many people I talk to who wish they could have more sleep: from mums with young children to insomniacs, it seems a lot of us aren’t getting the amount of sleep we’d like.
It is likely, though, that you are getting the right amount of sleep that you need. The body is designed to cope with the odd period of sleep deprivation and, more often than not, insomnia is short lived. If it has been going on for more than a few weeks, though, I would go to see a medical professional.
Mums with babies will be glad to know that it doesn’t last as long as you think it will! It does seem like forever, while it is happening, but it really does go too quickly, so appreciate the time you have with your little one while you can!
My twins are young adults now but I still remember being up from midnight to 4am each night feeding and changing the two of them!
You may have heard the saying that going to bed one hour before midnight is worth three hours after midnight. There is some truth in this. Basically, the restorative part of your sleep, when you are in the deep delta brainwave state, usually happens within the first three hours you are asleep. This is when your cells and all the body’s internal organs, repair themselves. Therefore, the earlier you get to bed, the more likely you are to get this restorative sleep, especially if it takes you a while to drop off. With this in mind…
If you feel like your sleep issues are becoming a real problem and you have spoken to your medical practitioner, you may consider having a hypnotherapy session to get to the root of the problem. I have had a lot of success with sleep issues and so have a lot of other hypnotherapists. The subconscious mind and sleep are connected so if you have an issue in one area, it will likely have an effect on the other.
If you want to book a session please go to the work with me page or send me an email,