why can't I sleepAs a society we are becoming more and more chronically underslept. Insomnia and sleep issues lead to sleep deprivation which can affect all parts of your life, from your mood to your productivity and even has a negative impact upon your physical health.

Sometimes anxiety and stress make it hard to wind down and fall asleep, or the resultant stress hormones lead to you being jolted awake in the middle of the night, certain that something’s about to happen that you’re not prepared for. If insomnia and sleep issues become entrenched, it can lead to even more anxiety, worrying about whether you’ll be able to get to sleep or not.

There’s lots of habits that most of us have that interfere with getting a good night’s sleep – late night computer or phone use, TVs in the bedroom,  caffeine intake, and exercising in the evenings can all impact on sleep. Working together we will talk about creating an evening routine that suits your lifestyle that’s conducive to sleep as well as discussing circadian rhythms and how to gently shift your habits so that you’re supporting your natural sleep and wake cycle.

Once your sleep improves, you might be surprised to notice how many other aspects of your life that you thought were unrelated start to improve as well.  When you’re sleeping well, things that once worried you may feel much more manageable and your stress levels will drop, without you doing anything else differently.

Addressing sleep issues requires a multi-faceted approach.  Often by the time people start seeking help for their sleep issues, they’ve been battling them alone for years and there’s a lot of resistance and unhelpful patterns and beliefs that have built up.

This means that the first steps are about education and removing some of the unhelpful self-talk around sleep.  Using a range of different techniques I teach people how to calm down their body and mind and create healthy sleep patterns.

Insomnia is a special interest of mine. I firmly believe that sleep is the foundation of all health, both physical and mental. 

Here’s what a couple of my happy former insomniac clients had to say about working with me:

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