Sleep disorder can cause many problems, it will cause people to change their life to get more sleep and they will just put up with it until it becomes too much then they will usually try everything they can think of that is conventional (main stream) to get help with the sleep problem then and only then will they look for more unconventional approaches like hypnotherapy for sleep. Below, I will explain what is a sleep disorder, the different types of disorders, the symptoms of sleep disorders, how you develop a sleep disorder, the relevant statistics. Then I will go over the different treatments available and finally how sleep hypnosis can help eliminate your sleep disorder.
What Is Sleep?
Sleep is a state of unconsciousness that happens every 24 hours. It is a period of rest and recuperation for the body to repair itself and much needed down time for the brain to process all the new experiences of the day.
People vary in the amount of sleep they need, depending on their age, lifestyle, diet, personality and environment. We sleep less as we age and our sleep tends to be more broken. Newborn babies tend to sleep for around 16 hours, while adults average eight hours and the elderly sleep a little less.
The Body Clock
Sleep is regulated by an internal clock, which is tuned by the day-night cycles (circadian rhythm). When the sun sets, your brain starts to release sleep chemicals until eventually you feel the need to sleep. In the morning, exposure to daylight prompts your brain to reduce sleep chemicals and release wake up chemicals.
Sleep isn’t a static state of consciousness. We all go through various distinct stages of sleep, over and over, every night. The brain moves from a light sleep to deeper sleep and eventually to rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep. REM sleep occurs regularly, about once every 90 to 120 minutes.
Brain waves in REM sleep are faster than in non-REM sleep. REM sleep is associated with dreaming and with stimulation of the parts of the brain used for learning, while body repair and growth happens during non-REM sleep. It is important to get the right mix of both REM and non-REM sleep to maintain your natural sleep cycle.
How Much Sleep Do You Need?
The amount of sleep a person needs depends on many things, like their age.
What Is a Sleep Disorder?
A sleep disorder is a condition that prevents you from getting restful sleep and can cause daytime sleepiness and problems in functioning. Most people occasionally experience sleeping problems due to stress, hectic schedules, and other outside influences. Signs you may have a sleep disorder include persistent difficulty going to sleep or staying sleeping, irregular breathing or movement during sleep, and feeling sleepy during the day.
While it’s normal to occasionally experience difficulties sleeping, it’s not normal to regularly have problems getting to sleep at night, to wake up feeling exhausted, or to feel sleepy during the day. Whether they are caused by a health problem or by too much stress, sleep disorders are increasingly common. The lack of sleep can have a negative impact on energy, mood, concentration, and overall health.
In some cases, sleep disorders can be a symptom of another medical or mental health condition like depression. These sleeping problems may eventually go away once treatment is obtained for the underlying cause. When sleep disorders aren’t caused by another condition, treatment normally involves a combination of medical treatments and lifestyle changes.
When left untreated, the negative effects of sleep disorders can lead to further health consequences. They can also affect your performance at work, cause strain in relationships, and impair your ability to perform daily activities.
Frequently having trouble sleeping can be a frustrating and debilitating experience. You sleep badly at night, which leaves you feeling dead-tired in the morning and whatever energy you have quickly drains throughout the day. Ignoring sleep problems and disorders can damage your physical health and lead to weight gain, car accidents, impaired job performance, memory problems, and strained relationships.
Types of Sleep Disorders
The inability to get to sleep or sleep well at night, can be caused by stress, jet lag, a health condition, the medications you take, or even the amount of coffee you drink. Insomnia can also be caused by other sleep disorders or mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Whatever the cause of your insomnia, improving your sleep hygiene, revising your daytime habits, and learning to relax will help cure most cases of insomnia without relying on sleep specialists or turning to prescription sleeping pills.
Hypersomnia (Daytime Sleepiness)
Excessive sleepiness, is a condition in which a person has trouble staying awake during the day, even when they have slept sufficiently during the night. People who have hypersomnia can fall asleep at any time, for instance, at work or while they are driving.
This occurs when the walls of the throat close up during sleep and block the airway between the voice box and back of the nose. After a few seconds, the sleeper makes a strong breathing effort and restarts breathing. A person with this disorder might wake up briefly hundreds of times every night without memory of it. Snoring is more common when you sleep on your back.
It gets worse with age and weight gain. Someone who snores can disturb their partner's sleep. This can cause distress for both of them. Many regular snorers also have obstructive sleep apnoea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Something blocks part or all of your upper airway while you sleep, This means losing your ability to breathe freely. It is caused by a narrow, floppy throat. Most people who have sleep apnoea also snore. Your diaphragm and chest muscles have to work harder to open your airway and pull air into your lungs. Your breath can become very shallow, or you may even stop breathing briefly.
The period when the sleeper has trouble breathing ends with them waking up. You usually start to breathe again with a loud gasp, snort, or body jerk. This arousal is often very brief with no memory of it. You may not sleep well, but you probably won't know that it’s happening. The constant waking-up disrupts sleep and causes excessive tiredness during the day.
The condition can also lower the flow of oxygen to your organs and cause uneven heart rhythms.
Central Sleep Apnea
Breathing is disrupted regularly during sleep because of the way the brain functions. It is not that you cannot breathe; rather, you do not try to breathe at all. The brain does not tell your muscles to breathe. This type of sleep apnea is usually associated with a serious illness, especially an illness in which the lower brainstem, which controls breathing is affected.
Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes an almost irresistible urge to move your legs or arms at night. The urge to move occurs when you’re resting or lying down and is usually because of uncomfortable, tingly, aching, or creeping sensations.
The only way they can stop these feelings is to move their legs. How severe it is tends to vary over the day. The worst time is from the evening through to the early hours of the morning. For some people, it can make them sleep poorly.
Involves excessive, uncontrollable daytime sleepiness. It is caused by a dysfunction of the brain mechanism that controls sleeping and waking. If you have narcolepsy, you may have sleep attacks in the middle of talking, working, or even driving.
People who have it can feel more sleepy more often than they would like, but may have disrupted sleep as well. People with it can also hallucinate. This happens when falling asleep or waking up. Sometimes when they wake up, they can't move for a moment. This is called sleep paralysis. They can also have sudden feelings of muscle weakness. They only last a moment and happen after laughing or feeling a strong emotion. Not everyone with Narcolepsy has all these symptoms.
Are disruptive sleep disorders that can occur during arousals from REM sleep or partial arousals from non-REM sleep. Parasomnias include nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking, confusional arousals.
There are many things that we normally only do when we're awake. These include walking and talking. But some people do these things while asleep too. This happens when they only partially awake. It is common for this to happen in children. These problems usually go away by the time they become adults. But sometimes they don't.
There are other complex behaviours that can happen while asleep e.g. binge eating and sexual behaviour. They can be embarrassing or worse for both the person who does them and their partner.
Rapid Eye Movement Behaviour Disorder
The paralysis that normally occurs during REM sleep is absent, allowing the person to act out their dreams.
The period when we sleep can be split up into several phases. Dreams happen most often in a phase called REM sleep. REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement. At this time all limb muscles are normally relaxed. In REM sleep behaviour disorder the muscles are active. People who have this will act out their dreams, this can involve violent movement and lashing out. There is a threat of injury to both the person who has it and their partner.
et lag is a temporary disruption in circadian rhythms that occurs when you travel across time zones. Symptoms include daytime sleepiness, fatigue, headaches, stomach problems, and insomnia. Symptoms are more pronounced the longer the flight and flying east tends to cause worse jet lag than flying west.
It usually takes one day per time zone crossed to adjust to the local time. So, if you flew from Los Angeles to New York, crossing three time zones, your jet lag should be gone within three days.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
A sleep disorder characterised by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep. Its muscle spasms of the legs that may wake up the sleeper. This is more common in the middle-aged and elderly.
Feeling of muscle jerks or a sensation of falling that happens when a person is just going off to sleep. Which then jerks them awake due to the fear of the sensation.
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Are disruptions in a person's circadian rhythm. A name given to the internal body clock that regulates the 24-hour cycle of biological processes in animals and plants.
We all have an internal biological clock that regulates our 24-hour sleep-wake cycle. Light is the primary cue that influences circadian rhythms. At night, when there is less light, your brain triggers the release of melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleep. When the sun comes up in the morning, the brain tells the body that it’s time to wake up by releasing other hormones.
When your circadian rhythms are disrupted or thrown off, you may feel groggy, disoriented, and sleepy at inconvenient times. Circadian rhythms have been linked to a variety of sleep disorders, as well as depression, bipolar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder (the winter blues).
Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder
Is a specific kind of circadian rhythm disorder that is particularly common among blind people. People with N24 gradually go to bed later each night and waking up later each day until their sleep schedule gets flipped all the way around.
Shift Work Sleep Disorder
Is trouble sleeping because you work nights or rotating shifts. You also may have this problem if you have trouble staying awake or alert when you are supposed to work your shift.
This disorder occurs when your work schedule and your biological clock are out of sync. Many people have to work night shifts, early morning shifts, or rotating shifts. These schedules force you to work when your body is telling you to go to sleep and sleep when your body is telling you to be awake.
While some people adjust better than others to the demands of shift work, most shift workers get less quality sleep than their daytime counterparts. This cuts into your productivity and puts you at risk of injury.
Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder
Is a condition where your biological clock is significantly delayed. You will go to sleep and wake up much later than other people. This is more than just a preference for staying up late or being a night owl, but rather a disorder that makes it difficult for you to keep normal hours.
People with this disorder cannot get to sleep earlier than 2 to 6 a.m., no matter how hard they try, and is most common in teenagers and most teens will eventually grow out of it.
Symptoms of Sleep Disorder
You may experience a range of symptoms and they will vary from one person to another. Below is a range of symptoms that you may experience that either trigger your sleep disorder or will accompany your sleep disorder.
Emotional Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
Other Signs of Sleep Disorder
Symptoms can differ depending on the severity and type of sleeping disorder. They may also vary when sleep disorders are a result of another condition. The symptoms of sleep disorders include.
Sleep Deprivation Statistics
Hypnotherapy for Sleep Melbourne Reviews
I had suffered from severe insomnia for years, a problem that I attempted to tackle using pharmaceutical means, limiting caffeine, meditation, chamomile tea and other natural remedies, and just about every other textbook remedy imaginable, to no avail.
Nothing I attempted had any effect on my ability to fall asleep and feel rested the next day.
After a hypnotherapy session with Rodney, the Insomnia is resolved, my only regret is that I didn't see him sooner. His direct, no-nonsense approach allowed me to tackle the root causes of my insomnia, and allowed me to develop a better sense of self, and a strong awareness of the underlying emotions that were preventing me from sleeping.
Since my sessions with Rodney, my sleep has returned to normal, something I haven't experienced in years. In turn, this has allowed me to cope with my busy schedule and responsibilities, while remaining mindful, relaxed, and keeping things in perspective.
I highly recommend Rodney's services for anyone struggling with insomnia or any other similar issues for his professionalism, expertise and tangible results.
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I had been suffering for insomnia since I gave birth to my little daughter. Even though she started sleeping through the night very early, I couldn't sleep. Either I had difficulty falling asleep or I was waking up in the middle of the night and found it hard to fall asleep again.
I tried various remedies, including sleeping pills, breathing exercises and meditation, I even saw a sleep psychologist who designed a sleep reduction therapy for me but it all that wouldn't help. I felt very low and tired, sometimes even exhausted, and I also started to feel anxious. Then I decided to see Rodney. During a session we treated my anxiety. I was amazed to find that my anxiety diminished significantly afterwards. However, I still had troubles sleeping.
I feel so well and peaceful now because I know that my body knows how to sleep and how to get a good rest. I might still get a bad night once in a while but I do not frustrate because I know this is temporary. Everyone has a bad night sometimes. I received a CD with relaxation tracks and I listen to them frequently. I also started to listen to other hypnotic tracks and I am finding them really great and really working for me.
My sleeplessness is gone but what is even more important, thanks to the sessions I had with Rodney I learned a lot about myself and I discovered how hypnosis can help you deal with your worries, fears and stress. It is really amazing. I am so grateful to Rodney for his patience and persistence in getting to the core of my problem. I think what he does is absolutely great.
Sleeping and Anger Problems
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Sleeping well a majority of the time, I do have the occasional night where I toss and turn.
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What Causes Sleep Disorders?
There are many conditions, diseases, and disorders that can cause sleep disorders. In many cases, sleep disorders develop as a result of an underlying health problems.
Allergies and Respiratory Problems
Allergies, colds, and upper respiratory infections can make it challenging to breathe at night. The inability to breathe through your nose can cause sleeping problems.
Need for frequent urination, may disrupt your sleep by causing you to wake up during the night. Hormonal imbalances and diseases of the urinary tract may contribute to the development of this condition.
Constant pain can make it difficult to fall asleep. It might even wake you up after you fall asleep. Some of the most common causes of chronic pain include.
Sometimes, sleep disorders may even exacerbate the chronic pain. For instance, it’s believed that development of fibromyalgia might be linked to sleeping problems.
Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety often have a negative impact on sleep quality. It can be difficult for you to fall asleep or to stay asleep. Nightmares, sleep talking, or sleepwalking may also disrupt your sleep.
Sleep Disorders Can Also Be Caused By
As a Hypnotherapist I Have a Different View of the Cause of Sleep Disorders
In my experience as a hypnotherapist in helping people through hypnotherapy with their sleep disorders over the years, I have discovered how and why people get a sleep disorder.
So let's explore how this works in more detail first I will cover the basics then I will go into more detail about the sleep disorder. So all the things mentioned above can trigger you into having a sleep disorder; However, it’s not that simple. We store our emotions in our bodies and they are anchored to our memories. So over time as you have more and more memories or experiences of being lets say anxious, you store these emotions in your body anchored to your memories and you accumulate them.
What Are Emotions Exactly?
Emotions are made of 2 things thoughts and physical sensations in the body. Thoughts are made up of images, pictures, colour, sound, talking to yourself and other people in your head. Physical sensations are sweating, shaking, churning stomach, pounding heart, etc and the intensity of the physical sensation can vary from being mild to really intense. So the thought plus the physical sensation combined form an emotion.
So imagine emotions are not on or off they are on a scale of say 1–10 so when you’re young your anxiety level is low say a 1 and as you get older and accumulate more memories of anxiety that level goes up to say 3, 6, 7 etc till it reaches a point where you really feel anxious. The level at which this happens differs from person to person. Now this level is not on or off as I have said you could be at an anxiety level of 5 and you’re at this level 24 hours a day 7 days a week it may fluctuate around this level a bit but you’re at this level all the time even when sleeping.
So all the things mentioned above have the potential to create a feeling of anxiety that gets stored in the body anchored to your memories and if you have enough of these memories, you will get really anxious. Sometimes it may only take one event, but normally it’s usually and accumulation of events that will trigger off the anxiety. Now this applies to all emotions you experience not just anxiety.
Anchoring Thoughts and Behaviours
Think of it this way we anchor the emotions to thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. So the more emotions you anchor to a thought and behaviour, the more likely you automate that thought and behaviour. Think of emotions as glue they anchor the thoughts and behaviours in place the more emotions you have attached to something the more you either do that behaviour or try to avoid it. So when it comes to going to bed and sleep, you already have anxiety anchored to your sleep and a behavioural response of not being able to sleep that just goes off automatically like a robot.
Autopilot and Being a Robot
Another factor which is huge to take into consideration is 99% of what we do is automatic and subconscious we learn how to do something we practice doing it then we automate it once we automate it, it is no longer under our conscious control so we are essentially a robot; We are half asleep. So every body is half asleep and sleepwalking, and they are just a robot. And when it comes to our emotions and physical sensations in our bodies, we learn them subconsciously on autopilot and many of our behaviours as well. So when it comes to a sleep, people are not consciously learning to have a sleep disorder it happens subconsciously.
The Way We Learn to Have a Sleep Disorder
The way we can learn to have a sleep disorder is slowly of weeks or even years you slowly anchor more emotion to not being able to sleep and over time they become more and more intense until one day you have a full on sleep disorder. This also goes for all other emotions that are associated with a sleep disorder. See “Emotional Symptoms of Sleep disorders” above. The main emotions that cause a sleeping problem is anxiety and anger these are the two main emotions people experienced when it comes to not being able to sleep of a night. Also to sleep we need to be in a low energy state and unfortunately anxiety and anger are high energy emotions which contribute to the problem energetically.
So people who cannot sleep will focus on the fear of not being able to sleep they will do this during the day and especially of a night when it is getting close to going to bed and the closer the time comes the higher the anxiety and anger will get thus preventing them from sleeping. Also at a subconscious level they are telling their subconscious mind they want to stay awake because that is what they are focusing on the most and it has the most emotion anchored to it so thinks you don’t want to sleep so it will try to make you not sleep.
What you get is whatever you focus on the most and what you focus on the most is what you think of about the most and what you think of the most is whatever has the most emotions associated with it which is usually negative emotions. So people will usually end up getting what they don’t want because it is what they are scared of happening the most. Also it is not what. You focus on the most consciously it is subconsciously.
How Are Sleep Disorders Diagnosed?
Your doctor will first perform a physical exam and gather information about your symptoms and medical history. They will also order various tests, including.
A sleep study that tests oxygen levels, body movements, and brain waves to determine how they disrupt sleep.
A test that assesses electrical activity in the brain and detects any potential problems associated with a sleep disorder.
Genetic Blood Testing
A blood test commonly used to diagnose narcolepsy and other underlying health conditions that might be causing sleeping problems.
These tests can be crucial in determining the right course of treatment for sleep disorders.
Tips for Improving Your Sleep
While some sleep disorders may require a visit to the doctor, you can improve many sleeping problems on your own.
Improve your daytime habits. Regardless of your sleep problems, sticking to a consistent sleep schedule, getting regular exercise, limiting your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine, and managing stress will translate into better sleep over the long term.
Develop a relaxing bedtime routine to prepare your mind and body for sleep. Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and cool, avoid heavy meals and too many fluids late at night, take a warm bath, read, or listen to soothing music to unwind, and turn off screens at least one hour before bedtime.
Get back to sleep when you wake up at night. Whether you have a sleep disorder or not, it’s normal to wake briefly during the night. If you’re having trouble getting back to sleep, try focusing on your breathing, meditating, or practicing another relaxation technique. Make a note of anything that’s worrying you and resolve to postpone worrying about it until the next day when it will be easier to resolve. After a week or two, try to identify any factors that might have caused you to sleep poorly.
Treatment for Sleep Disorders Excluding Sleep Hypnosis Anxiety?
Treatment for sleep disorders can vary depending on the type and underlying cause. However, it generally includes a combination of medical treatments and lifestyle changes.
Sleep disturbances might include any of the following Medical treatments.
Lifestyle adjustments can greatly improve your quality of sleep, especially when they’re done along with medical treatments.
Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day can also significantly improve your sleep quality. While you might be tempted to sleep in on the weekends, this can make it more difficult to wake up and fall asleep during the workweek.
What Is the Outlook for Someone with a Sleep Disorder?
The effects of sleep disorders can be so disruptive that you will probably want immediate relief. Unfortunately, long-term cases can take a bit more time to resolve. However, if you stick with your treatment plan and regularly communicate with your doctor, you can eventually find your way to better sleep.
How Can Sleep Hypnosis for Sleep Eliminate Your Sleep Disorder?
Hypnosis for sleep that is designed to work with emotions and eliminate emotions is very effective in eliminating sleeping disorders.
However, most hypnotherapy approaches don’t work to eliminate sleep disorders in this way most hypnotherapists work by introducing suggestions into your subconscious mind to change your thoughts and hence your behaviours, so it can work great with behaviour problems but not emotions. Unfortunately, most hypnotherapists are taught this behavioural suggestion type of hypnosis.
Fortunately, I am trained in how to work with emotions, more importantly how to remove them, and this is the key to eliminating sleeping disorder.
I have been working with clients for years helping them eliminate their sleep disorders by using sleep hypnotherapy and other neuro-hypnotic re-patterning techniques.
This is achieved by removing or disconnecting the emotions and physical sensations from your memories; Remember, you store your emotions and physical sensations in your body anchored to your memories. So using these techniques, we can make your memories emotionless and remove the physical sensations.
So we will remove all emotions and physical sensations that trigger your sleep disorder like anxiety, anger, sad, worthless, etc.
At the end of my hypnosis sleep sessions as a test I get the client to go back to all their bad memories and try to get any old emotions and physical sensations associated with them back, but they cannot get any emotion or physical sensations associated with these memories, they just feel blank or neutral. I also will get them to test a variety of contexts in their life such as work, self, relationships, future, etc. But these different contexts and memories are the same they just feel blank or neutral.
Finally, I will get them to go back to all the times they can remember having the sleep disorder and they won’t be able to get any of the old emotions, physical sensations from those memories. This means they will not automatically go into their old automatic sleep problem from the past because we have broken the old pattern.
So when they go to bed to sleep like in the past that would have made them have anxiety, anger etc, they just won’t be able to do it anymore we have broken those anchors. So they will stop focusing on not sleeping or worrying about it and they will just be able to sleep again.
So at the end of the sleep hypnosis anxiety session, these clients will no longer have the sleep disorder.