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Are we in a time of sleep apathy?
Mar 21, 2024

Are we in a time of sleep apathy?

Well, as a hypnotherapist I LOVE to talk about sleep as sleep is the fundamental element to successful and meaningful results, but equally have become more aware of how we suffer from sleep apathy. Sleep is something we don’t take as seriously as we should; it can be quite mis-understood, mis-used and unsettlingly, very undervalued within our health systems. We simply don’t take heed of the negative and detrimental impact that poor sleep has on the mind and body. We are apathetic to our sleep.
 
Sleep is deeply complex and holds a lot of intrigue and mystery within its workings. We know that sleep has a specific effect on each and every part of our body. So why don’t we use it or even respect it as we should? As humans we have been fascinated by sleep for many thousands of years and over this time, seem to all have come to the same conclusion: we need sleep as much as we need the air to breath. People die without sleep; it’s that important. So how do we get this sleep business to work in the best way for us? Well, how long have you got?
 
Our brains work harder than when we are awake thereby making our awake time much more manageable. We need sleep and dreams and all that sleep entails to clean up all the short-term memory information that our brain has stored from the day’s activities. We need sleep to rest in a deeply physical and meaningful way. All the scientific data on sleep shows that without enough sleep, we are pretty much useless; the thought processes are slow, our responses are slow, and this can be obviously dangerous at times. We do not know how sleep deprived we are when we are sleep deprived – which is scary, considering the effects sleep deprivation can have. Both dementia and cancer are related to sleep deprivation. Also, our learning processes are pretty poor when we don’t sleep. To give sleep deprivation context – anything less than 7 hours of sleep means you’re deprived. We are apathetic to the significance of its value.
 
So! How does hypnotherapy help? This is why I love hypnotherapy so much! It is one of the best therapies in improving sleep. Hypnosis replicates a kind of REM effect of sleep. We enter theta brain waves for hypnosis which are the same brain waves that kick in when dreaming. Our brains are also washed with chemicals and processes when we are sleeping –20 minutes of hypnosis does something similar to this. Hypnosis, also like sleep, works on so many other aspects of our selves, both physical and non-physical. It’s like a special kind of sleep in itself, helping to answer secret or long held issues that we may not even be consciously aware of, while sorting so much out so the brain can function in the way it is supposed to. Meditation is very similar in how it helps to calm the mind and the act as a brain washing medicine of sorts. Washing away the stresses and allowing us to become more present, therefore less fear based.
 
So, what I am trying to say here is take sleep more seriously; turn the television off and give your brain a break. Put your screen down and give your brain a break. These things will be the start of a pattern of good and healthy brain behaviours. Easier said than done! But definitely not out of the range of doable.

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Fear of flying & Anxieties: After having a difficult year I decided to try hypnotherapy with Penny and it was the best choice I have made for myself! I'm now able to live more in the moment and have a better understanding of how to cope with or even eliminate my anxieties. I also had 2 sessions dedicated to helping to reduce my phobia of flying which helped me tremendously as I was able to get on a plane again without feeling terrified! Pen is always very positive and relaxed during our sessions and always makes me feel comfortable.

Anxiety/Stress: I went to see Penny as I felt stuck, struggling to cope & unable to move on in life. I had 12 sessions.  I had never really done hypnosis before & really struggled to focus on the words as my mind raced everywhere. Penny reassured me it would still work - which it did. It took a couple of weeks to kick in but I really appreciated the time taken to focus on the issues & Penny's positive attitude really filtered through. Slowly my positivity increased, the overthinking eased off & my sleep improved. This allowed me to problem-solve & plan more changes to make. It was like moving a large rock - once we got it moving progress started to happen & towards the last few sessions things started to speed up. I would recommend Penny to anyone who feels overwhelmed or near a crisis point.

Pain: I had 12 hypnotherapy sessions with Penny. The hypnosis was relaxing & reviving and seemed to link with my subconscious & bring me back to positive feelings. I still use the audio which acts as a kick-start if doubts start seeping in. I also found Penny's voice calming & reassuring. I have no reservations in recommending Penny. I liked her honesty in what the therapy could offer. I have been very happy with the outcome of the hypnotherapy.

Stop Smoking: Both myself and my husband decided it was time to stop smoking. My husband had smoked 20+ a day for 35 years and I had also smoked on and off for years. We can both honestly say we have never felt better thanks to Penny, she made us feel comfortable and was very reassuring, after just one appointment we were smoke-free.  We are now looking forward to extra holidays with the money we have saved and also stress free knowing we can travel and not worry about going without a cigarette.

Stress Buster/Body Image: Pen has helped me massively increase my resilience to stress. Tasks which seemed ongoing and impossible became doable. While work may still be stressful, the speed with which I bounce back is great and has allowed me to put in boundaries, both personal and professional. It has increased my self-confidence and assertiveness and has improved my sleep patterns so much. Penny has also taken me through several weight-loss sessions from which I am feeling the benefits and feel now that I am in the right place to start an exercise regimen and take control of my fitness.

Sleep Issues: I was slightly sceptical over hypnotherapy, probably because I was frightened of being made to do something I didn't want to. But my sleeping was all over the place and I'm a constant worrier, so thought I'd give it a go - I am so pleased with how relaxed I felt and how my sleeping has improved. I feel much calmer now and can rationalise things better than before. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with for a variety of problems or habits, and Pen's voice is greatly comforting when I listen to the recording when going to sleep. I know I can come for a top-up whenever I need to.

Public Speaking: I wanted to try hypnotherapy in order to deal with the anxiety I experience before speaking in public. My sessions with Pen have helped me reduce this in such a short amount of time it is really unbelievable how effective they’ve been. I now feel calm and focused and those waves of panic that tripped me up before talking in public have entirely gone away. I can’t stress enough how effective these sessions with Pen have been. She is calm and an intuitive listener who instantly puts you at ease. I wouldn’t think twice about recommending her sessions to anyone.

I would highly recommend Penny for helping and supporting anyone suffering with anxiety. My son Louie was suffering from panic attacks and it was heartbreaking watching him missing out on having fun with his friends because of a general fear something was going to happen. Penny was recommended to us by a friend who’s daughter was suffering from anxiety and was attending sessions with Penny to tackle this and couldn’t talk highly enough of her. So we thought it must be worth a try. Louie started having sessions with Penny and the difference was amazing, he started being more confident and less panicky and slowly started getting back to his usual happy go lucky self, which was a joy to see. I’m sure anyone who has a child, family member or friend that suffers from this realises how stressful this situation can be on a day to day basis. So get in touch with Penny, it could change your life.

Penny, thinking just how bad she was and how far she has come! I have no doubt in my mind that if anyone else’s child is suffering then you are the person to help! We are so thankful.

Hypnotherapy.... The final piece of the puzzle that completed and transformed my life. Amazing!

I had hypnotherapy to help me with my anxiety and depression and honestly, it changed my life for the better. I was in a place where I thought there was no escape from these feelings. However, hypnotherapy turned things around for me greatly. My OCD has also died down massively and it has also helped me through the very rough time at school. I'm extremely grateful for Pen's clear and kind understanding and I strongly recommend this to anyone who is having these similar feelings as well, as it will change your life for the better