What is Insomnia?

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Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is defined by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia describe some of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Feeling tired upon waking
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • General tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Problems with concentration or memory

Types of Insomnia

There are different types of insomnia. Primary insomnia: a person is having sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition or problem. Secondary insomnia: insomnia is caused by other health conditions such as asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer, heartburn, pain or a side effect of a medication or substance they are using. Also, insomnia can be intermittent, not always permanent.

Insomnia can be short-term (acute insomnia) or long-term (chronic insomnia). Acute insomnia can last from one night to a few weeks; chronic insomnia is defined as lasting at least three nights a week for a month or longer.

Everyone is different when it comes to the number of hours needed for a good night’s sleep. 

If you’re experiencing chronic sleep problems, you must consult your GP to make sure that your sleep troubles are not caused by any underlying medical conditions (such as sleep apnoea) or medication. Self-treating and avoiding or delaying standard care can have serious consequences.

Hypnotherapy and Insomnia

If the sleep problems are not caused by medical conditions, hypnotherapy paired with sleep hygiene instructions can often help to ease insomnia by inducing a deeply relaxed state and can teach you how to achieve it yourself. People who use hypnosis to solve sleep problems usually see results within just a few sessions, so you do not have to make a big commitment. Hypnotherapy is a safe treatment for sleep disorders.

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