Sleep & Stress
Everyone seems to have two things in common these days; too much stress and not enough sleep.
How did you sleep last night?
No, seriously, I am asking because I care. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones, and you fell asleep quickly, slept deeply, awoke little if at all, were able to fall right back to sleep if you did, then awoke this morning rested and refreshed.
Yeah, right. If you are like A LOT of people these days you have one of three standard sleep problems:
- Difficulty "turning off" so you can fall asleep.
- Waking up during the night, then having difficulty falling back to sleep.
- Seeming to fall asleep and stay asleep, but never really feeling rested as you should.
One of those? More than one? That's pretty common. A sign of the times if you will. I bet you aren't the only one you know who has this problem either.
Have you thought about hypnosis? Maybe it's time you should. Perhaps this article from WebMD will get you thinking. Of course, the people at National Sleep Foundation have something to say on the subject as well. Maybe you have read Van Winkle's science articles before. Insomnia.net even talks about hypnosis. And that is just the beginning of the materials out there. Hypnosis works.
How about this opinion piece from the New York Times? Spot on!
How about stress? Got too much of it? That's another thing I hear about regularly. With the world the way it is right now, many of us are too stressed and not sleeping. Each feeds the other, and it becomes a cycle. A downward spiral.
But I have some great news! As you may have gathered from some of those articles, hypnosis is IDEAL for dealing with sleep problems and stress. Hypnosis eats them for lunch. My hypnosis clients routinely report sleeping better even after just one session and coping better with stress after that same session. Of course, dealing better with stress is just as good as having less stress. After several sessions, clients typically are sleeping better than they have in a very long time and they have learned new tools for dealing with stress so that it never comes to the point where they are out of "bandwidth."
So, when will you see relief? How many sessions will you need? And, how long will the relief last? Those are the "$64,000 Questions," and the answers are pretty simple:
- For both stress and sleep, most people see improvement, often dramatic improvement after the first session. The effect is cumulative, and you will see increasing relief after additional sessions if you choose to do more.
- I don't generally recommend less than two sessions for anything, but the decision is yours. No high pressure.
- If you practice what you learn in our sessions and make habits of the new behaviors, there's no reason the changes won't be life-long.